During May 30-31, 2018 informational seminars on raising awareness about the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and climate financing opportunities were held in Termez and Karshi cities.
The joint project of UNDP in Uzbekistan, Hydrometeorological Service Center under the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Uzbekistan and UN Environment “The Green Climate Fund Readiness (GCF) Programme in Uzbekistan” together with the hokimiyats of Kashkadarya and Surkhandarya regions, and regional hydrometeorological departments organized meetings for representatives of national public and private organizations. At the event, specialists were informed about the possibility of the development and submission of project proposals in the fields of energy, agriculture, water, forestry, banking and others. The informational seminar was attended by approximately 50 experts from various fields of activity.
The purpose of this seminar was manifold, specifically to deepen the understanding of the activities of the Green Climate Fund and the UNDP’s project in Uzbekistan, along with the development of interactive dialogue between national organizations and project’s partners. The project implemented in Uzbekistan, assists all interested national organizations of the country in strengthening the capacity in the climate change field for effective access, management, acquiring and monitoring of climate funding from the Green Climate Fund.
The Kashkadarya and Surkhandarya regions are located in the southern part of Uzbekistan and have an arid climate. The seminar participants, taking into account the climatic peculiarities of their region, now have the opportunity to receive funding from the Green Climate Fund, enhancing their ability to present their ideas and solutions to a number of issues in building up their rural, water and forestry potential, and forming a system of landscaping improving the cities and towns, and developing an early warning system concerning climate change. Within this framework, UNDP specialists focused on the need to create and submit a project concept, and develop a project proposal with the possibility of implementation on the micro, small, medium or large-scale projects. It was noted that micro-projects funded up to $ 10 million can be reviewed and invested under the Simplified Approval Process in the Green Climate Fund. This process will significantly speed up the consideration and approval of project proposals in the Fund.
During the seminar the participants discussed the issues of relevance of existing problems in the process of climate change in the country, options for their solution, obtaining and using the funding support of the Green Climate Fund and the UNDP’s project in Uzbekistan. To ensure wider public and private sector awareness of the ongoing project in Uzbekistan and the activities of the GCF, the event was actively covered by regional media.