UNDP Presents Preliminary Report on Assessment of Vulnerability of Farming Regions to Climate Change

May 16, 2017

Local farmers during sowing season/ UNDP Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, 16 May 2017: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) conducted a series of three workshops with participation of more than 60 representatives of national agencies and local public associations to discuss preliminary results of vulnerability assessment and adaptation to climate change in local communities of Lebap and Dashoguz regions.

The assessment was held during six months of 2016-2017 within UNDP project “Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan” funded by the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) of the Global Environment Facility. The goal of the assessment is to determine how climate change hinders socio-economic development.

“The preliminary assessment of the vulnerability in the districts of Gorogly and Galkynysh of the Dashoguz and Lebap velayats is one of the first actions that we carried out within the framework of the project. This activity allows us to identify the risks to development and find the most appropriate measures and areas of activity in the pilot regions of the project,” explains Project Manager, Amangul Ovezberdyeva. “After the assessment held by the local public association, we gathered all potential beneficiaries, as well as national stakeholders to discuss preliminary report based on the results of the assessment and correct errors.”

Public association Tebigy kuvvat which held the assessment presented research methodology and methods, and introduced main findings including mapping of the climate change risks in Gorogly and Galkynysh districts. Participants discussed analysis of socio-economic indicators and potential for improving of the income of the local population through introduction of innovative financing mechanisms and technologies of land and water management. Experts also discussed current and future climatic risks, its influence on the local population and potential harm that it can cause.  

“The main objective of UNDP project is to improve economic and social indicators of farming communities in the arid regions of Turkmenistan. According to local experts, the most pressing problems are those associated with soil salinization and agricultural pests that impede development of agriculture and socio-economic growth. The final results of the research will be presented in the shortest possible time,” stated UNDP Programme Officer for Environment and Energy, Rovshen Nurmuhamedov.

According to the preliminary results of the assessment, the main risks and consequences of climate change are associated with a decrease of precipitation, increasing frost and drought, salinity of the soil, strong winds and sharp air temperature differences. Just the temperature raise alone might lead to increasing demand in irrigation water by 13-15% and decline in harvest volume for 4-5 c / ha by 2040-2050.

Contact Information

Amangul Ovezberdyyeva
Project Manager
E-mail: amangul.ovezberdyyeva@undp.org