Turkmenistan-UNDP joint project focuses on the improvement of the efficiency of water management and agricultural production in drought-prone areas

A two-day seminar under the project “Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan” implemented by the State Committee on Environment Protection and Land Resources of Turkmenistan jointly with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) took place in Avaza national tourism zone. The forum brought together the representatives of relevant ministries and departments, finance and credit institutions, deputies of the Mejlis, key experts of authoritative international organizations and foreign scientific advisors in the sphere of resource saving technology.

Those speaking during the plenary sessions emphasized the successes achieved and focused on the investment capacities of the agro-industrial complex of Turkmenistan.

The seminar participants focused on the UNDP activities in the field of ecology and energy, and discussed the projects of this international organization, implemented and developed in cooperation with Turkmen partners in the spheres of environmental protection, climate change, land and water management. Among them are the projects on Improving Energy Efficiency in the Residential Building Sector of Turkmenistan, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Water Management in Turkmenistan, Addressing Climate Change Risks to Farming Systems in Turkmenistan as well as the new project - Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan, which was launched within the framework of the forum in Avaza.

The seminar agenda focused on the presentation of the project “Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan” and the plan of events scheduled for 2017. The climate change models on the territory of Turkmenistan were analyzed in the framework of the presentation.

The statistical data on demography, employment, land and water resources in rural areas of our country were considered while discussing the 2017-2020 new project. The project is expected to enhance the adaptation potential and reduce the vulnerability of the population in the Galkynysh Etrap in Lebap Velayat and the Gyorogly Etrap in Dashoguz Velayat to climate change. Moreover, it is assumed that the measures taken place within the framework of the project will contribute to increasing the efficiency of water management and agricultural production in the selected areas.

The seminar participants discussed the schedule of events in the framework of the project as well as the action plan on the implementation of the first stage of the project for 2017.