Promoting Research and Quality Data to Combat Climate Change EffectsSep 8, 2017
Ashgabat, 8 September 2017: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Economy of Turkmenistan and its State Water Design Institute are carrying out research to measure the effects of climate change on agriculture in Turkmenistan.
UNDP will engage young academics in Turkmenistan and senior experts from the region to work at the 145-ha research site in Geokdepe as part of the project, “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Water Management in Turkmenistan”, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The aim of this project is to determine the most appropriate irrigation and land management technics.
Researchers will monitor and measure the amount of used water consumed and the energy per unit of agriculture product, the necessary amount of mineral and organic fertilizers required, soil moisture, land salinization and improvements in ameliorative condition of lands and crop growth. In 4 years, the researchers will present their findings and reports for decision making on effective approaches to water and land management.
“Agriculture is an important sector of Turkmenistan’s economy. Every year, the Government of Turkmenistan allocates huge resources and brings new technologies to improve this sector. Because of countless potential effects climate change could have on agriculture, the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Economy of Turkmenistan and the Water Design Institute have an urgent and important task to forecast how climate change will impact the agricultural sector in our country,” stated project Geldi Myradov, UNDP/GEF project manager.
One of the main priorities of the project is to strengthen water management practices at both local and national levels to create a sustainable environment for irrigated agriculture in response to emerging risk of water scarcity in farms of Turkmenistan. After the successful completion, it is planned that this project will be rolled out across all other regions of Turkmenistan.Contact information