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From April 3 to April 4, the Central Asian Conference on Climate Change will be held in Tashkent. The conference brought together about 400 participants and speakers from leading national organizations and departments from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, as well as representatives of regional and international organizations, multilateral development banks and civil society organizations.

The conference is supported by the World Bank, the Executive Committee of the International Fund for the Aral Sea Saving, Uzgidromet and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia. The main objective of the conference is to facilitate decision-making in the field of adaptation to climate change, as well as to mitigate its negative effects in the countries of Central Asia. On April 3, the conference participants took part in the work of three sessional sessions, at which issues of global climate policy and national commitments were considered. The participants were provided with information on expected climate change trends, and the necessary joint measures to avoid the worst climate scenario were discussed. The panel discussion held at the end of the first day of the Conference provided answers to questions related to the transformation of climate and weather data, the timely provision of climate information and access to climate services in the countries of Central Asia. Special attention at the Conference was devoted to issues related to the introduction of modern technologies in the field of climate change and best practices in natural resource management and adaptation to climate change. A separate session will be devoted to this topic on April 4, but meanwhile, starting from April 3, the Conference will host an exhibition of available technologies in the field of sustainable use of water, energy and food production with an emphasis on climate change adaptation.

Among the technologies demonstrated are low-cost practices and devices that allow growing and preserving crops in difficult climatic conditions, improving land fertility, increasing water use efficiency, making more active use of alternative energy sources and energy efficiency. On April 4, the Conference participants will consider issues related to climate finance, exchange experience in implementing investment climate programs in the countries of Central Asia, as well as new financial instruments available to farmers and entrepreneurs. On the second day of the conference, five parallel sessions are also expected, at which knowledge management, the role of science in developing sound solutions will be discussed, and cooperation of civil society organizations to enhance climate action in Central Asian countries will also be discussed.

According to the organizers, 36 NGOs from Central Asian countries take part in the Conference, as well as 9 NGOs working at the eco-technology exhibition.

Yuri Skochilov,

Coordinator of the climate network TajCN, Tajikistan