UNDP supports development of the national adaptation plan for Turkmenistan

Apr 18, 2017

Photo: Burning of associated gas / Oleg Guichgeldiev

Ashgabat, 18 April 2017: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a roundtable discussion on preparation of the national adaptation plan (NAP) to climate change. The event is held as a process of preparation of the plan of action for events aimed at increasing country’s potential to adopt to the climate change effects, to be presented to the Green Climate Fund in 2017. 

NAP Global Support Programme fielded expert Ms. Ephrat Yovel presented the main directions and global experience in the development of adaptation plans. During her mission in Turkmenistan, Ms. Yovel also held individual meetings with line ministries, during which participants determined the strategic position and requirements for adaptation to climate change. All requests and plans should be reflected in the application to the Green Climate Fund.

“The purpose of developing NAP is to define actions and processes that can serve as a baseline for implementing measures on adaptation to climate change. It is necessary to develop a common understanding of the current level of capacity to reduce the effects of climate change. The process involves a wide range of stakeholders; it requires analysis and understanding of vulnerability. Mostly, we talk about the process of risk management, namely proper assessment of risks and response to them. The Paris Agreement for the first-time enshrined international commitments on the impact of climate change. Since 2020, we will begin to submit reports, including baseline data, progress and indicators,” explained Ms. Yovel.

Participants of the roundtable are representatives of the line ministries and national agencies including State Committee for Environmental Protection and Land Resources, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Economy, Ministry of Economy and Development, National Committee on hydrometeorology under the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, State Enterprise on Caspian Sea, Ministry of Finance, Mejlis of Turkmenistan, State Statistics Committee, Chief Department of Ministry of Defense for Civil Defense and Rescue Works, and Union of industrialists and entrepreneurs.

During the discussion, participants addressed goals and targets of each national agency on the topic of climate change and considered the existing base for creating of NAP.

“Turkmenistan already has a very strong base for development of NAP. In 2012, Turkmenistan adopted the National strategy on climate change, and developed ministerial plans which include reducing of the impact on climate change. In this year, we develop daft laws on environmental security, cotton growing and land cadaster. Each year, we define priority national interests. NAP can become a very good continuation of our current actions in the area of climate change,” said Deputy of Mejlis of Turkmenistan, Gulshirin Tagandurdyeva.

Participants of the round table outlined a range of activities related to capacity building in effective combating the effects of climate change, as well as outlined measures addressing natural disasters, floods, droughts, landslides, earthquakes and others.

Representatives of the national agencies are discussed the need to establish a coordination mechanism for monitoring and evaluation of distribution of international and national funds aimed at adaptation and reducing the impact of climate change.

Contact information

Rovshen Nurmuhamedov
Environment and Energy Programme Office
E-mail: rovshen.nurmuhamedov@undp.org