Press Release (ENG, RU) 13 Dec 2013: "Adaptation Fund Project's Contribution to the Implementation of the National Forest Program of Turkmenistan"
Within a framework of a joint project of the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), “Addressing climate change risks to farming system in Turkmenistan at national and community levels”, funded by the Adaptation Fund, adaptation measures have been developed based on the needs of local communities in three pilot regions, which differ in ecological and climatic conditions (desert, mountains and the oasis). The principal place among adaptation measures was given to the reforestation, which will ensure in the future the sustainability of ecosystems development and in particular the management of water resources in a changing climate.
Nurseries for growing seedlings of native tree species were created in the pilot areas. Adaptation Fund project financed the purchase of materials for fencing, as well as tools and equipment for farming activities in nurseries. In addition, short-term training courses were organized on the methods of seed collection, processing and planting the crops. By these activities, the necessary conditions for the development of reforestation in the pilot areas were set that will be a significant contribution to achieving the objectives of the project outlined in the National Forest Program of Turkmenistan adopted in the beginning of 2013.
In November 2013 under the National Program “Green Belt” the fall season plantations began in Turkmenistan. Within the framework of the Adaptation Fund project in the pilot area of Nohur (Farmer Association Yenish in Baharly etrap of Ahal province) local population has started planting Turkmen juniper trees in the catchment slopes. The local community has been trained and has the experience in plantation of these trees. This year there has already been 1250 seedlings planted on an area of 10 hectares. Thus, the total area of forests created over the past 5-6 years has reached 150 hectares.
UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan, Ms. Jacinta Barrins, officials of the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan and the project staff have taken part in the tree-planting. The project staff also discussed with the local population the problems of protection and rational use of water resources in view of climate change. They have visited the areas where the implementation of adaptation measures were planned to be realized in 2014-2016. The site includes the construction of new dams and renovation of existing dams and reservoirs to collect and store water from mudflows, protection of permanent sources of water for rational use of those resources, and the introduction of drip irrigation systems for watering vegetable crops and fruit trees.
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