On 26 October 2016, at the Poytaxt Business Center in Tashkent, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Uzhydromet jointly held roundtable discussions on overview and support for developing a National Adaptation Planning (NAP) in Uzbekistan within the framework of “Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Programme in Uzbekistan” project.
The roundtable was attended by Government representatives from four ministries and agencies, representatives of Uzhydromet as well as representatives of UNDP country office and other field specialists.
The objective of the roundtable was to identify strategic goals for NAP process, activities and processes that can serve as entry points for climate change adaptation integration, to gain a shared understanding of current capacities and needs around climate change adaptation and to develop an indicative roadmap for development of NAP process.
Ms. Ephrat Yovel, International Expert on Climate Change, has delivered presentation on overview of National Adaptation Plan, its background, phases of NAP process. She has stressed on the elements and elements and key features of NAP. She has also focused on the type of capacities that are needed for adaptation planning.
After the presentation, Ms. Yovel invited the working group to discussion. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Natalya Agaltseva, the Deputy Head of Environment Pollution Services of Uzhydromet. Discussions were on topics such as Uzbekistan’s key development goals and the ways they relate to climate change adaptation, areas where implementation of a NAP process could help to reduce the country vulnerability, type of methodology used for these assessments and others. Ms. Yovel also underlined that there is a good opportunity to receive expedited financing from Green Climate Fund for a NAP project and the financing can become available as early as summer 2017. She has stressed that timing is of key importance and the deadline for submission of a good concept is by January 2017. As such, the participants have been urged to submit their feedback on developing the concept at the soonest convenience. Upon successful implementation of the NAP, Uzbekistan will be the first in the CIS region to attract financing from the Green Climate Fund.
Representatives from ministries and agencies have also expressed their views and appreciation for provided information on climate financing opportunities. They have actively participated with questions and comments.