Press Release (ENG,RU) 24 Dec 2013: "Land Users Learn Adaptation Approaches to Climate Change"
Land users learn adaptation approaches to climate change
Ashgabat, 24 December 2013 - Within the framework of 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”, a
seminar was held in Ashgabat on the topic on "Strengthening the capacity at national and local
levels for sustainable management of water resources in climate change realities."
The seminar was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Water Economy, Ministry of
Agriculture, Ministry of Nature Protection, representatives of local communities - land users from
the pilot regions, as well as national experts of the project and UNDP staff.
In the course of the seminar, the participants discussed the important issues related to climate
change and increasing water scarcity. Participants were presented with information about the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol of the
UNFCCC, the first and second National Communication on Climate Change and on the preparation
of third Communication of Turkmenistan under the UNFCCC. The workshop participants and
project experts discussed in more details the contribution of the project to implementation of the
National Strategy of Turkmenistan on Climate Change and adaptation measures included in the
investment plan developed for each pilot region.
Farmers from Balkan province reported on their practice of growing melons and fruits without
watering in the coastal areas of Caspian Sea. Those adaptive approaches of local land users to
climate change evoked great interest among the seminar participants. It was discussed and
suggested to expand cooperation with the farmers for replicating their best practices in other
In addition, the project experts presented the recommendations and suggestions on improving the
water legislation of Turkmenistan and the methodology for calculating tariffs for water supply of
The project of “Addressing climate change risks to farming system in Turkmenistan at national and
community levels” is being funded by the Adaptation fund and implements a number of
community-based adaptation initiatives in three typical agro-ecological regions of Turkmenistan.
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