As of: January 2018
Ecosystem based Adaptation in high mountain regions of Central Asia
Objective and activities
The project tests ecosystem-based approaches (EbA) to climate change adaptation in selected high mountain regions of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and identifies institutional, administrative, economic, technical and informational challenges to implementation. Based on the knowledge gained, the project is developing a corresponding range of instruments for Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan designed to facilitate the integration of EbA measures into political processes, for example the drawing up and implementation of adaptation strategies. The instruments include methods for devising appropriate strategies to protect and ensure the sustainable use of ecosystem services, developing training courses and identifying possible sources of financing. As part of the project, Kazakhstan is participating in a supraregional policy dialogue process in order to disseminate new approaches and integrate these into the planning process. The project's main target groups are decision-makers working for state and non-state actors at local and national level. The aim is to strengthen the capacity of these actors to develop and implement ecosystem-based adaptation strategies.
In addition to climate change adaptation, the measures also directly contribute to preserving ecosystems and natural carbon sinks, and to protecting biodiversity.
State of implementation/results
- Development of a roadmap to reinforce climate financing mechanisms supported.
- Training on Climate Finance Readiness for die National Designated Authority (NDA) and additional partners conducted.
- 16 experts from different organisations from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan were trained as EbA facilitators to implement Eba methods with local communities.
- The projects methodology to plan and implement ecosystem based adaptation methods in the high mountain region of central Asia is presented as a “full solution” on the Panorama Solutions Platform and has been included as best practice in the Nairobi Programme.