UNDP / GF Project Hold Biannual Meeting to Discuss Results and Priority TasksAug 17, 2017
Ashgabat, 16 August 2017: The UNDP project “Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan” board meeting took place in Ashgabat this afternoon. The project is jointly funded by the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), the Government of Turkmenistan and the UNDP. The aim of the project is to support climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in the Lebap and Dashoguz velayats in Turkmenistan.
“Turkmenistan has set cooperation with the international organizations as a priority of its foreign and domestic policy. In particular, the topics of adaptation to climate change are in the focus of country’s policy for the next several years. Turkmenistan acts according to its National Action Plan on Climate Change and the international commitments, such as the Paris Agreement, signed and ratified in 2016,” stated Berdi Berdiyev, the National Project Coordinator.
The purpose of the board is to monitor the progress of the project and make essential decisions on its implementation. The project board assembles once every 6 month and on an ad hoc basis when major decisions on project implementation are required. During this meeting, participants were presented with updates on the developments and proposed changes in the plan of action for 2017. Members of the board suggested implementing a pilot scheme to forecast the effects of climate change. This proposal could help local communities prepare for hazardous climatic events. The board also recommended that the Ministry of Education and the Institute of Agriculture strengthen cooperation with educational institutions.
“The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) of the Global Environment Facility has a special mandate to combat the effects of the climate change and promotes adaptation measures among local communities. This project on climate resilient livelihoods could become a flagman of implementation of Turkmenistan’s commitments under the Paris Agreement,” stated Vitalie Vremis, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative.
Among other topics, participants discussed progress on awareness and information of the project. It was decided by the board to postpone publications regarding the project until next year. Correspondingly, the national consultant on revision of the Land Code presented the revised draft of the Land cadaster. This is now under the consideration and further revision of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan. Finally, a request to process the recruitment of the national consultant for assessment of adaptation measures was to start work in January 2018.Contact information