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 regions.
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 land users.
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.