From 6 to 8 September 2018, the Nukus branch of the Tashkent State Agrarian University hosted an interactive-dialogue seminar "Establishment of a mechanism to raise awareness and initiate the implementation of resource and water-saving practices, including green technologies, by local communities in an arid climate", which was held by specialists of the Foundation for Development of Socially Significant Initiatives (Kazakhstan).

The objective of the seminar was to extensively involve representatives of local communities in the use of adaptation approaches that take into account local climate conditions, to promote resource and water-saving principles, as well as green technologies, and to train stakeholders in the preparation of project proposals for implementation of these technologies. To improve the efficiency of adaptation approaches 60 students as the best conductors of innovative ideas were attracted to the event. The development of an environmental education system is an important component of the very process of adapting to climate change and improving the climate resilience of communities. This was the focus of the first presentation that opened the seminar and introduced the options of the environmental education system, which can be tested on the basis of both urban and rural schools. In doing so, it was suggested that observations and results could be discussed in a dialogue format, when all participants of the educational process could share their views, offer their teaching methods, and present new ideas.

"Interaction between administrative structures, NGOs and businesses in the promotion of resource-saving, water-saving and green technologies" was the theme of the next session, during which the representatives of the mission conducted a practical training on developing a project proposal, as well as on mapping landscape priorities in the development of a sustainable community in the context of climate change.

The final day of the seminar was a practical training on developing a project application for the implementation of measures to ensure the climate and environmental sustainability of communities. During the master class, the participants had an opportunity to develop and present their own project proposals, to conduct a SWOT analysis to explore strengths and weaknesses of their developments and to overcome obstacles for the dissemination of innovative ideas of the project in the community. Special focus was on working with the media.

As a result of the interactive-dialogue workshop, the participants increased their knowledge in applying resource and water-saving practices, as well as green technologies, besides, they were taught to develop projects by using these technologies to enhance the resilience of communities located in areas with adverse climatic conditions.

The seminar was organized within the framework of the project "Developing climate resilience of farming communities in the drought prone parts of Uzbekistan" implemented jointly by the United Nations Development Programme and the Centre of Hydrometeorological Service at the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the financial assistance of the Adaptation Fund under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.