Local government officials and staff of relevant institutions in Issyk-Kul province were trained on climate change adaptation measures
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – A two-day introductory training workshop on adaptation to climate change at the local level took place on March 25-26 in Karakol city. Several village district employees, as well as staff of the province institutions, whose work is related to the issues of adaptation to climate change attended the workshop. The participants learned about international and national experience in developing adaptation policies to climate change, gender aspects of climate change, as well as practical skills on development of adaptation measures for specific sectors.
Participants were staff of the local self-government administrations of pilot rural areas of the EU-UN project “Operationalizing Good Governance for Social Justice” and representatives of various government agencies of Issyk- Kul province that work in areas directly related to climate change adaptation: agriculture, energy, health care, prevention of emergencies and natural disasters, conservation of water and forest resources and biodiversity.
Narmedzhan Tashbaev, Head of the Department of the Authorized Representative of the Government in Issyk- Kul Province, in his opening remarks noted the importance of the workshop for overall capacity of the public servants. “And most importantly – local strategic planning will consider the climate change and will allowing to improve the socio-economic situation of the population in the region”, - he added.
Introductory workshop “Adaptation to climate change” became one of a series of joint activities of the State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry (SAEPF) and UNDP conducted within a Comprehensive Capacity Building Programme on climate change. Under this programme over 150 (47% of whom are women) participants, including government officials at national and local levels Chui, Osh, Batken, Naryn and Issyk-Kul oblasts, will be trained.
Participants of the workshop highlighted the importance of such training activities, which provide the opportunity to obtain comprehensive information about the consequences of climate change, especially from the best experts in this sphere.
Ms. Olga Shestova, representative of SAEPF Issyk-Kul Territorial Administration noted: “Today people have to take responsibility for the preservation of our nature , it is no secret that climate change is partly a result of anthropogenic impacts of human activities. It is important that local authorities properly planned activities and finance the measures to adapt to climate.”
The event was organized by the Authorized Representative of the Government in Issyk- Kul Oblast, State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, UNDP “Environment for Sustainable Development” Program and the joint EU-UN “Operationalizing Good Governance for Social Justice” project. The workshops are organized in the framework of the decisions (No.2 as of June 14, 2013) of the meetings of the Coordination Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic on Climate Change under the chairmanship of the Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Tairbek Sarpashev.
Today the entire world community pays attention to climate change issues. In Geneva on March 31, 2014 in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presented a report titled “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability”. The report concludes that the probability that climate change consequences will be “severe, all-encompassing and irreversible” is becoming a reality.
The main objective of UNDP’s “Environment for Sustainable Development” Programme is to mainstream into practice and national strategic documents the approaches of sustainable management of the environment, energy and natural resources in the Kyrgyz Republic.
“Operationalizing Good Governance for Social Justice” was launched in October 2011 and will be implemented during 36 months until October 2014. The Project aims to increase and render more equitable rights to public services for citizens, especially for vulnerable groups – women, youth and children in 30 rural municipalities in 7 regions of Kyrgyzstan. This project is implemented by UN Agencies - UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and UNESCO. The European Union co-finances this project together with the above-mentioned UN agencies.
UNDP “Climate Risk Management in Kyrgyzstan” Project (2010-2014) is a national component of the regional programme. The project is aimed at strengthening the resilience of livestock to climate change by management of climate risks. The pilot project area is Susamyr valley. Actions aimed at the development of local capacity in response to the risks associated with climate change.