Promoting Adaption and Mitigation Strategies on Climate Change in Central Asia

Project name: Promoting Adaption and Mitigation Strategies on Climate Change in Central Asia
Donor: BMU-German Federal Ministry for Environment
Partner: DIW econ
Project period: 01.08.2010 – 31.03.2011
Territory:  Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

Project aimed at strengthening the capacities of the Central Asian republics, by developing a common understanding of the further negotiation process so as to enable the states of the Central Asian region to develop common positions on important negotiation issues and to promote regional interests, when developing new and revising existing national development strategies (sectoral programs, plans, etc.).

Training activities were identified as the most efficient way to meet the aforementioned objective. The project team held two regional workshops that addressed international climate negotiation procedures, explored ways to coordinate climate change adaptation initiatives and discussed options for the development of climate change mitigation strategies. Among other issues, the project dealt with the potential and the strategic relevance of energy efficiency and renewable energy development in relation to regional cap-and-trade programs.

Project results:

  • National experts, ministerial employees and decision makers in charge of the development and implementation of climate change policies became acquainted with the recent status of the international climate negotiations and newly emerging instruments like NAMAs
  • The abovementioned target group was familiarized with most pressing issues in climate negotiations that have considerable impact on further climate change policy in the region
  • During the series of workshops the project together with national experts and state representatives reviewed the national strategies on promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency and adaptation to climate change; determined new directions and opportunities for modification of the national policy frameworks that arise with newly emerging topics in international climate change negotiations