During the period from July 29 - August 3, 2018, the Uzhydromet under the aegis of the UNDP in Uzbekistan, the UN Environment and the Hydrometeorological Service Center of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Uzbekistan’s “The Green Climate Fund Readiness Programme in Uzbekistan” held a mission of international experts led by project designer Sam Johnston and economic analyst Babatunde Abidoye.
The main purpose of the mission was to assess climate vulnerability and assist in the preparation of a joint project proposal by the Ministry of Emergency Situations and Uzhydromet to improve the early warning system of hazardous phenomena through the introduction of modern information and communication technologies via the auspices of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and Uzhydromet. In accordance with the subject of the mission, experts met with professionals from the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Uzhydromet, the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Statistics, the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Ecology and Environmental Protection, and the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadaster.
Representatives of national organizations discussed the mission program and focused on the preparation of meteorological and agrometeorological forecasts, existing technical institutional capacity, the possibility of improving the quality and timeliness of forecasts by using new technologies along with the automation of the system, along with information exchange and possible solutions to improve the forecasting system.
During the on-site meetings, international and national experts discussed strengthening hydrometeorological climate monitoring, improving risk assessment modeling, strengthening the early warning and forecasting systems, and effectively providing information for climate services. In addition, at the end of the mission, Babatyunde Abidoye and Sam Johnston visited the village of “Naladchik” in the Pskent district, where they were informed about and got a firsthand look at the current flooding situation.
The visit resulted with an agreement towards the development by the international experts of a concept note and conveyance of an economic analysis of the ongoing work regarding the joint project proposal by the Ministry of Emergency and Uzhydromet.