Adaptation to climate change in Central Asia

Integration of climate change adaptation into sustainable development in Central Asia

Organizers and partners: The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC), AIT/UNEP Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

Time and date: 29 September 2010,  09:00 – 12:00

Place: Palace of Independence, Room 13

The climate is changing; and the Asia-Pacific region is vulnerable to its consequences. Many of the region’s countries are facing warmer temperatures, a changing hydrology and more extremes—droughts, floods, heat waves, windstorms, and forest fires. In Central Asia one of the most important and vulnerable resources to climate change is water. Calculations show that by 2050 the water runoff in the basins of the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya (the two main Central Asian rivers) will dry up by 10 to 15 and by 6 to 10%, respectively (EDB, 2009).

This side event will be conducted in the form of consultative meeting, where the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network will be presented, the interim results of the gap analysis and good adaptation practices in the region will be reported, and the governmental agencies, climate change experts and donors will have an opportunity to share findings and understandings on climate change impact, vulnerability and adaptation in Central Asia.

Contact information: Ms. Irina Goryunova (IGoryunova@carec.kz), Mrs. Mariya Genina (MGenina@carec.kz)