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  • Innovative approaches to agriculture discussed in Nukus

    Innovative approaches to agriculture discussed in Nukus

    On November 23, 2019, a round table on “Towards the transition of Aral Sea region from disaster prone zone to zone of innovations and sustainable development (Agriculture sector)” was held in Nukus. Read More...
  • The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives will assist in adaptation to climate change in the Aral Sea region

    The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives will assist in adaptation to climate change in the Aral Sea region

    The United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan, with the support of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), is launching a series of joint activities in the Chimbay district of Karakalpakstan to achieve sustainable agriculture and reduce the dependence of local communities on the effects of climate change. The first training of the planned cycle took place in “Kok Suw” village assembly of citizens on “Basic principles and methods of organic and biological farming”. Read More...
  • In Uzbekistan, Special Advisor to UNDP Administrator calls for renewed action on Aral Sea region

    In Uzbekistan, Special Advisor to UNDP Administrator calls for renewed action on Aral Sea region

    Concluding his visit to Uzbekistan, Special Advisor to the UNDP Administrator Abdoulaye Mar Dieye called for international and national development partners to continue efforts for reviving Aral Sea region spring back to life. Read More...
  • Ms. Matilda Dimovska, UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan, visited Karakalpakstan

    Ms. Matilda Dimovska, UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan, visited Karakalpakstan

    From 26 to 28 September 2019, Ms. Matilda Dimovska, UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan, visited the Republic of Karakalpakstan to familiarize with the current state of the region, efforts of the Government to prevent the consequences of the environmental crisis, as well as the UNDP activities in Karakalpakstan Read More...
  • PROJECT LAUNCH EVENT  “Addressing the urgent human insecurities in the Aral Sea region through promoting sustainable rural development”

    PROJECT LAUNCH EVENT “Addressing the urgent human insecurities in the Aral Sea region through promoting sustainable rural development”

    September 26, 2019. Nukus. Today the joint project of the Government, United Nations Development Programme and UNESCO “Addressing the urgent human insecurities in the Aral Sea region through promoting sustainable rural development " was launched at the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. Read More...
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    Institutional and technical capacity for drought management and early warning
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    Climate resilient agricultural and pastoral production systems
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    Landscape level approach to adaptation to climate change risks of increased aridity
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    Knowledge management and awareness raising
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“Developing climate resilience of farming communities in the drought prone parts of Uzbekistan” project was launched in the end of 2014.

The main objective of the project is to create climate-resilient agricultural and livestock farms located in the most drought prone regions of Uzbekistan, in particular in the Republic of Karakalpakstan.

During the next 6 years the project will be implemented jointly with the Center for Centre of Hydrometeorological Service under the Ministry of Emergency Situations (Uzhydromet), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Adaptation Fund (AF) with the support of Council of Ministers of the Republic Karakalpakstan, State Committee for Ecology and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Economy, State Committee for Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadaster.

Due to its unfavorable geographic position, arid climatic conditions and anthropogenic disaster caused by the drying up of the Aral Sea Karakalpakstan is one of the most vulnerable to climate change regions in the Republic of Uzbekistan. It is located in the lower reaches of the main rivers of the Aral Basin, and often water reaches this region in small quantities and of a low quality, sometimes there is no water coming from the upper regions, especially during the drought periods and the situation with water resources becomes catastrophic.

Frequent droughts, the general trend towards increased aridity, and the projected increase in the deficit of water resources in Karakalpakstan put the issue of water availability in the first place, as well as contribute to the deterioration of land productivity, which, in turn, affects the ability of rural population to withstand the existing and future negative impacts of climate change.

In this regard, Karakalpakstan and its five districts have been selected as pilot areas of the project, where adaptation measures and actions aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of climate change will be demonstrated and introduced.

Project will help the central, regional and local governments, and will focus on adaptation of the most vulnerable farming and pastoral communities to climate change processes. The measures and actions proposed by the project will help to withstand the current and future impacts of climate change and increased frequency of droughts in this region, to approach the problem of water availability and decline in land productivity.

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