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Central Asia Climate Change Conference_2019

3 April 2019 - 4 April 2019 Tashkent

Concept Note


Background
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.

Objective

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 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.

http://www.ca-climate.org/eng/events/conference/eng/events/conference/2019/