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 

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. 





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