Central Asia Climate Change Conference


3-4 April 2019, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 

Concept Note

Climate change impacts are nowadays observed in all key development sectors with Central Asia to having one of the highest vulnerability levels. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported 2013-2018 the warmest on record. Although the global community undertakes serious efforts to fight against climate change and adopted new global agreements (Paris Agreement in 2015 and rulebook in 2018), air temperature keeps its rising level along with the concentration of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

The countries of Central Asia set their climate agenda around global policy and commitments, national climate actions, mobilization of resources, transfer of new technologies and best practices both on climate adaptation and mitigation. At the same time, strengthening of policy dialogue between the countries and activation of decision-making process at the highest official level on abovementioned is the best indicator of the effectiveness of mutual cooperation.

The Central Asia Climate Change Conference 2019 (CACCC-2019) aims to bring the priorities of Central Asia into focus, and structure the content of the event into pre-conference and conference sessions. The CACCC-2019 is a continuation of the World Bank’s initiative for climate change knowledge and information exchange in Central Asia, and is organized under the frameworks of CAMP4ASB project. The previous CACCC was organized on January 24-25, 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and resulted in joint collaborative actions of many stakeholders. The findings of the CACCC-2018 are elaborated into key messages and formulated the thematic content for the CACCC-2019 programme.


The main objective of the 2019 Central Asia Climate Change Conference is to promote cooperation and partnership on climate adaptation and mitigation in Central Asia. The event also aims at fostering regional dialogue, knowledge and information exchange on climate change and help building a climate resilient future. It is also expected that the conference will give an impetus to the implementation of multi-sectoral development programs in Aral Sea basin and attract new investments to the initiatives on sustainable development in the region.

The Outcome Document in the format of a Call for Actions is expected to contain practical recommendations for the countries of Central Asia to step forward on climate adaptation measures and strengthen a multi-country partnership on climate policy.

Target audience

The Conference intends to bring more than 200 representatives from governmental and non-governmental agencies, academia, development partners, multilateral development banks and CSOs that work in the area of climate change. Additionally, the Conference will strive to co-partner with national and international partners, who implement similar climate change projects in the region, to have a better synergy and provide most up-to-date information and knowledge on climate change.  

Structure and approach

Two pre-conference sessions[1] will be organized on April 2, 2019 which will be resulted in brief inputs to the respective plenary sessions.  

The first session will focus on building scientific and professional capacities for effective water resources management and climate actions. The event will be organized jointly by USAID Smart Waters project and World Bank CAMP4ASB project, and intends to discuss current gaps and further needs for developing research and academic capacities in Central Asia, showcase relevant opportunities in the region and beyond, as well as to determine the ways for cooperation between foreign and national scientific institutions.

The pre-conference session is expected to lay down the ground to advancing the capacities of local research and academic institutions for raising climate professionals, researchers and deepening interdisciplinary knowledge base on climate change and water management.

The second session, which is to be organized jointly with the National Coordination Unit (NCU) of the World Bank’s CAMP4ASB project and will focus on informing about the up-to-date progress in implementation of local climate investment initiatives, and establishment of new partnership to scale-up and replicate successful practices and technologies, which proved to be effective in the region.

It is expected that the pre-conference session will determine tasks and areas of cooperation in expanding climate resilient technologies in energy, agriculture and water sectors.

The 2-day Central Asia Climate Change Conference will be divided into five Plenary Sessions on: (1) Climate impacts and challenges in global and regional context (2) Global climate policy and national commitments (3) Climate services (4) Climate technologies and practices (5) Climate finance.

Furthermore, during the Day 2 of the Conference, five Parallel Sessions will be conducted, which will focus on (a) knowledge platforms and communication on climate change; (b) Integrative Land Use Management Approaches (ILUMA) in Central Asia; (c) science and evidence-based water and land management solutions for strengthening climate resilience in Central Asia; (d) regional environment protection for sustainable development in the context of climate change; and (e) the role of civil society and private sector in activating climate actions in Central Asia.

[1] The program of the pre-conference session is available here and is limited to the invited participants only 

Day 1 (Wednesday): 3 April 2019 

08:00 – 09:00 Registration of participants.
09:00 – 10:00 OPENING SESSION 

Moderator: Uzhydromet (tbd)
Proposed speakers:
-          On behalf of the Hosting Government
-          On behalf of EC-IFAS
-          On behalf of the World Bank
-          On behalf of CAREC 
-          Heads of Delegations of Central Asian countries 
10:00 – 11:00 Session 1. Climate impacts and challenges in global and regional context
The consequences of global warming even by 1.5°C will be far dramatic than expected, and require substantial mitigation and adaptation efforts from international community. The main objective of the session is to present and discuss climate change impacts and needed joint measures to avoid worst impacts on ecosystems, built-environment, human health, and well-being. The session will be supplemented with latest scientific evidence on climate change and respective adaptation and mitigation measures in Central Asia. 
Moderator: On behalf of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Proposed speakers:
10.00 – 10.30 Keynote speech: IPCC
10.30 – 10.45 Glaciers and cryosphere (ICIMOD)
10.45 – 11.00 Glaciers of Tien-Shan and Pamir (SDC)
11:00 – 11:20  Coffee-break and group photo
11:20 – 13:00 Session 1. Climate impacts and challenges in global and regional context (cont.)
Moderator: On behalf of the Kyrgyz Republic 
Proposed speakers:
11.20 – 11.35 Water-related damages (PIK)
11.35 – 11.50 Economic and agro damages (LSE)
11.50 – 12.05 Disasters (UNDP)
12.05 – 12.25 Health (WHO)
12.25 – 13.00 Q&A 
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (on site) 
14:00 – 16:00 Session 2. Global climate policy and national commitments
It is expected that the UNFCCC Secretariat will provide a keynote speech about global climate regime and mechanisms of the Paris Agreement’s implementation and key decisions taken at COP-24, especially focusing on the adopted rulebook. The speech will be accompanied by the statements from the side of the countries of Central Asia to highlight the progress against the given global and national climate commitments.  
Moderator: On behalf of EC IFAS 
Proposed speakers:
14.00 – 14.30 Keynote speech: UNFCCC
14.30 – 15.45 National Delegations (15 min each)
15.45 – 16.00 Q&A
16:00 – 16:20 Coffee-break 
16:20 – 17:45 Session 3. Climate services 
Developing and scaling climate services requires overcoming a series of challenges related to understanding of climate risks across environmental and socio-economic gradients, generating and translating climate and weather data into actionable information to support improved management practices, and timely delivery of relevant, demand driven information to businesses and service providers for energy and water.  
Moderator: On behalf of USAID
Proposed speakers:
16.20 – 16.40 Keynote speech: WMO (tbd)
16.40 – 16.55 Abt/CIAT 
16.55 – 17.10 Finish Meteorological Institute and CAHMP/CAMP4ASB projects
17.10 – 17.35 National Delegations (short updates, 5 min each): Current capabilities and plans to provide and/or improve weather and climate services for different user groups 
17.35 – 17.45 Q&A
19:00 – 21:00  Dinner 

Day 2 (Thursday): 4 April 2019

08:00 – 09:00 Registration for Parallel Session  
09:00 – 10:45 Session 4. Climate technologies and practices
The Central Asian countries are endowed with diverse agro-climatic zones and natural resources. The multiple pilot projects on introducing climate-smart approaches towards management of natural resources have been carried out up to date, with the help of number of international and regional networks and institutions. While the knowledge base on these practices should be further enlarged, there is a need for up-scaling integrated natural resource management and climate smart practices in the region. The session aims to initiate a dialogue among practitioners and policy-makers in Central Asian region through informing them on multiple benefits of holistic approaches towards natural resources management. 
Moderator: On behalf of the Republic of Tajikistan
Proposed speakers:
09.00 – 09.30 Keynote speaker: FAO (tbd)
09.30 – 09.45 CAMP4ASB participating countries – what technologies are most popular in TAJ and UZB
09.45 – 10.00 IWMI/ICARDA 
10.00 – 10.15 GIZ/UNEP ILUMA/EbA
10.15 – 10.45 Q&A

10:45 –11:00 Coffee-break  
11:00 – 13:00 Session 5. Climate finance  
The global climate finance architecture has increased over the past decade both in size and complexity, with financing being offered through multiple multilateral funds, bilateral channels and private capital markets. This session aims to cover on prerequisites for accessing climate finance from international funds, to exchange experiences on implementation of financing programs in countries of Central Asia and beyond, and to capture on emerging financial instruments and tools available for farmers and entrepreneurs.
Moderator: On behalf of Turkmenistan 
Proposed speakers:
11.00 – 11.30 Keynote speech: GCF
11.30 – 11.45 Non-traditional funds for CA: SEI
11.45 – 12.30 National Delegations (short updates, 10 min each)
12.30 – 13.00 Q&A 
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (on site)
During the proposed session, five parallel sessions will be conducted. They aim to add value on to the topics of the plenary sessions. Upon the completion of the parallel sessions, moderators will provide summaries with key messages to the Conference Secretariat, to be further integrated to the Call for Actions.
PE 1: Knowledge platforms and communication on climate change (CAREC)
PE 2:   New approaches towards climate resilient stability in Central Asia (GIZ and UNEP)
PE 3:  Science and evidence-based water and land management solutions for strengthening climate resilience in Central Asia (IWMI, ICARDA, TIIAME, CAREC)
PE 4: Regional environment protection for sustainable development in the context of climate change (ICSD)
PE 5:  The role of civil society, private sector and gender in climate actions in Central Asia (LLC Green Business Innovations and SCOs)
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee-break 
16:30 – 18:00 Session 6.  WRAP-UP, OUTCOME AND THE NEXT STEPS 
The session aims to reflect key take away messages of the plenary sessions and discussions, highlight recommendations of the Call for Actions and navigate the participants to the next CACCC-2020. The closing session is also dedicated to the international organizations and agencies, who would like to speak about new projects or initiatives, which would drive the climate agenda in Central Asia. 
Moderator: On behalf of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Proposed speakers: 
-          Ms. Gayane MINASYAN, Lead Environment Specialist/ Mr. Philippe Ambrosi, Senior Environmental Economist, World Bank 
-          Dr. Iskandar ABDULLAEV, CAREC Executive Director
-          Others (tbd)