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Central Asia Climate Change Conference

24-25 January 2018 | Almaty, Kazakhstan


Implementing the Paris Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires enhanced international and regional cooperation, and proactive action from all levels of government, the private sector and civil society. The recent COP23 has sparked discussions around strengthening synergies in the implementation of the agendas on climate and sustainable development through multi-stakeholder partnerships. Today, momentum is building to align national climate policies to address climate challenges common to Central Asian countries.   

This Central Asia Climate Change Conference 2018 is organized under the framework of CAMP4ASB project and is a continuation of the World Bank’s initiative on climate change knowledge and information exchange in Central Asia. The first and second Central Asia Regional Knowledge Forums on Climate Change were held in June 2013 and May 2014 respectively. During the 1st Central Asia Regional Knowledge Forum, participants have strongly recommended to continue the practice of conducting regional climate change events on annual basis to support learning, capacity building and actions on climate resilience at national and regional levels across multiple sectors of the economy. At the Second Forum Regional Knowledge Forum, the policy-makers of Central Asian expressed high interests and enthusiasm to have a joint initiative on climate change in Central Asia.

In 2016, in response to these emerging regional needs, the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Aral Sea Basin (CAMP4ASB) has been launched to support the countries of Central Asia to enhance regionally coordinated access to improved climate change knowledge services as well as to increased investments and capacity building, that combined will address climate challenges across the region.

The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) is one of the implementing agencies of the CAMP4ASB project, which is mandated to implement its regional project component, which, inter alia, envisages the organization of regular Climate Change Conferences and strengthening the regional cooperation on climate change.


2018 Central Asia Climate Change Conference aims at fostering regional dialogue, knowledge and information exchange on adaption to climate change, exploring opportunities for joint actions between international, regional and national stakeholders and build a common vision towards climate resilient future.

This Conference also aims at reaching following three main objectives:

  • Inform about the latest global climate change discussions and trends amid adoption of the SDGs and the post-COP23 discussions, and while focusing on implications of these developments for Central Asia.
  • Present good practices, lessons learnt, research findings, innovative climate-resilient technology and climate finance opportunities, which proved to be sustainable and effective at regional and global scale.
  • Explore opportunities to strengthen synergies in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda through multi-stakeholder regional partnerships to achieve the Global Climate Action Agenda.

As a result of this Conference, a non-binding, forward-looking Conference Outcome Document will be produced that will serve as an instrument for national and international partners alike in their efforts to design and implement climate-related projects, and to jointly fund raise and/or to support any other measures that will further help with the implementation of Paris Agreement on Climate Change and Agenda 2030 in the Central Asia region.

Target audience

This Conference will bring together more than 150 representatives from governmental and non-governmental agencies, academia, development partners, multilateral development banks and CSOs that work in the area of climate change, in particular climate adaptation. Additionally, the Conference will enable international and regional climate change experts and practitioners to exchange with most up-to-date information and knowledge on climate change adaption measures.  

Structure and approach

The 2-day Central Asia Climate Change Conference will be divided into five Plenary Sessions on: (1) Climate Policy and National Actions (2) Science and Climate Research (3) Best Climate-Resilient Practices and Technologies (4) Finance for Climate Adaptation (5) Climate Information Services. Furthermore, during the Day 2 of the Conference, three Parallel Sessions will be conducted, which will add value to discussions of the Sessions 1, 2, and 3.

Building path towards regional sustainable adaptation

24-25 January 2018 | Almaty, Kazakhstan | Hotel Intercontinental, Ballroom Conference Hall



DAY 1 (Wednesday): 24 January 2018

08:00–09:30 Registration. Coffee served during registration




Moderator: Dr. Muhammet DURIKOV, Director of SIC ICSD, and Director of the National institute of deserts, flora and fauna of the Ministry of nature protection of Turkmenistan 


•                                Mr. Olzhas AGABEKOV, Director of the Climate Change Department of the Ministry of Energy Republic of Republic of Kazakhstan (Host Country)

•                                Mr. Guich ABAEV, Head of the Information and Analytical Department of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea

•                                Mr. Ato BROWN, Country Manager for Kazakhstan, World Bank

•                                Ms. Munkhtuya ALTANGEREL, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative

•                                Mr. Giovanni CAPANNELLI, Country Director Kazakhstan Resident Mission, ADB

•                                Mr. Johannes STENBAEK MADSEN, EU Delegation to Kazakhstan

•                                Dr. Iskandar ABDULLAEV, CAREC Executive Director

•                Heads of Delegations of Central Asian countries

10:00–10:30 Coffee and Press break



Session 1. POLICY: Global Climate Regime – implications for Central Asia

It is expected that the UNFCCC Secretariat and World Bank will provide a brief overview about global climate regime and mechanisms of the Paris Agreement’s implementation and key decisions of the global climate negotiations (COP-23), the SDG 13 (climate action), specifically focusing on climate change adaptation. This will be supplemented by synthesized information about implications (pros and cons) of the new climate agreement’s implementation for the countries of Central Asia.

Moderator: Mr. André WEHRLI, SDC Regional Water Advisor for Central Asia


•                                Mr. Marc SADLER, Practice Manager, Fund Management Unit, Climate Change, The World Bank: Setting the stage

•                                Ms. Natalia ALEXEEVA, Head of Central Asia Office UN Environment

•                                Ms. Olga PILIFOSSOVA, Manager, Adaptation Program, UNFCCC Secretariat

•                                Mr. Olzhas AGABEKOV, UNFCCC National Focal Point (Kazakhstan)

•                                Mr. Karimjon ABDUALIMOV, UNFCCC National Focal Point (Tajikistan

•                                Mr. Gurbangeldi ALLABERDIYEV, UNFCCC National Focal Point (Turkmenistan)

•                                Mr. Bakhriddin NISHONOV, UNFCCC National Focal Point (Uzbekistan)

Facilitated Plenary Session with Speakers providing a 10-minute speech; 30-minute moderated Q&A



Session 2. SCIENCE: Key findings of the latest climate researches and vulnerability assessments conducted at the global, regional and national levels

It is expected that the speakers of session will present key findings of the latest climate researches and vulnerability assessments conducted at the global, regional and national levels.

Moderator: Ms. Kristine TOVMASYAN, Programme Specialist for Natural Sciences, UNESCO Office in Almaty


1.         Ms. Tahmina AZIZOVA, CAMP4ASB RCU Coordinator, CAREC, “Science for Climate Action in Central Asia”

2.         Dr. Iulii DIDOVETS, Researcher, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK), “Assessing climate risks in transboundary areas of Central Asia”

3.         Dr. Igor SEVERSKIY, Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Geography of the Republic of Kazakhstan, “Climate change and glacier melting in Central Asia”

4.         Dr. Vadim SOKOLOV – GWP Central Asia and Caucasus, “Paris Agreement Implementation by Countries of Central Asia: Gap Assessment did by GWP CACENA”

Facilitated Plenary Session with Speakers providing a 10-minute speech; 20-minute moderated Q&A

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (on site)



Session 2. SCIENCE: Key findings of the latest climate researches and vulnerability assessments conducted at the global, regional and national levels (continuation)

5.         Dr. Ismail DAIROV, CA Regional Center on Mountains, “Climate Change in mountain regions of Central Asia”

6.         Dr. Tomas SAKS, Senior Researcher, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, “Central Asia’s shrinking glaciers”

7.         Dr. Zafar GAFUROV, IWMI-CA: Spatio-temporal variation of vegetation coverage in Aral Sea Basin in the context of changing climate

8.         Dr. Abror GAFUROV, Hydrologist, GZF, “Climate change impacts on hydrology in Central Asia”

9.         Mr. James CRESWICK, Technical Officer for Climate Change and Health, WHO, Climate change impacts on human health”

Facilitated Plenary Session with Speakers providing a 10-minute speech; 20-minute moderated Q&A

15:10 – 16:00 Coffee-break and Group Photo



Session 3. BEST PRACTICES AND TECHNOLOGIES: Global challenges – local actions

The session aims to introduce the participants with current global initiatives on climate technology transfer and financing, and showcase information products and databases with a collection of local and community-based practices and technologies on climate resilient natural resources management within the Central Asian region and beyond.

Moderator: Mr. Phillipe AMBROSI, Senior Environmental Economist, World Bank


1.         Dr. Galina STULINA, «Adaptation of the Amu Darya Basin Transboundary Water Management to Potential Climate Change (Peer Project)»

2.         Mrs. Ludmila KIKTENKO, Central Asia Nexus Dialogue project, “Fostering Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus Dialogue and Multi-Sector Investment”

3.         Dr. Rima MEKDASCHI, Senior Research Scientist, WOCAT International: “Existing databases on sustainable land management in the face of climate change”

4.         Dr. Ram SHARMA, ICARDA: “Low-cost and high return climate resilient technologies for wheat-based farming systems in Central Asia”

5.         Mrs. Jaime WEBBE, the Climate Technology Manager for Adaptation, CTCN: «Technologies and best practices on climate adaptation»

6.         Mr. Azamat ISAKOV, CAMP Alatoo, and Mrs. Elena BARTH, GIZ: «Best practices on sustainable pasture management in Central Asia»

7.         Dr. Kakhramon DJUMABOEV and Dr. Oyture ANARBEKOV, IWMI-CA office, “Application of water and energy saving technologies for improving water and energy use efficiency within framework of IWMI’s research projects in Central Asia.”

Facilitated Plenary Session with Speakers providing a 10-minute speech; 20-minute moderated Q&A



Wrap-Up and Closure of the Day 1

Moderator: Mr. Philippe AMBROSI, Senior Environmental Economist, World Bank

Key-note speaker: H.E. Mr. Guyzgeldi BAYJANOV, Chairman, EC-IFAS

18:00 – 18:30       Climate Change Photo Contest Award Ceremony and

18:30 – 20:00       Networking Reception ( dinner provided on site at the Asian Café)

DAY 2 (Thursday): 25 January 2018

8:00–9:00 Registration for Parallel Session



Session 4. FINANCE: global funding sources and local mechanisms of climate investments

The session aims to provide the latest available information about the funding opportunities of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) and Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). At the same time, the session will provide an overview of the climate investments mechanism at the community-based level.

Moderator: Ms. Gayane MINASYAN, Lead Environment Specialist, World Bank Recap of Day 1: National Climate Policies & Science for Climate Action Speakers:

1.         Mr. Marc SADLER, Practice Manager, Fund Management Unit, Climate Change, The World Bank: «Global trends and sources»

2.         Ms. Alessandra FIDANZA, Sogesid spa - Technical Assistance Unit, Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea

3.         Ms. Guldana SADYKOVA, Regional Cooperation Coordinator for Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Programe (CAREC)

4.         Dr. Otto SIMONETT, Executive Director Zoi Environment Network:

“South-South Cooperation as means towards mobilization of climate investments”

5.         Mr. Neil BIRD, Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute: “Analysis of global finance on climate adaptation at the global level”

6.         Mr. Paul STEELE, IIED: «Climate finance and implications for the global economy»

7.         Mr. Michail YULKIN, Director, Environmental Investment Centre, «Private Climate Investments – opportunities and expectations»

Facilitated Plenary Session with Speakers providing a 10-minute speech; 20-minute moderated Q&A

11:00 –11:30 Coffee-break



Session 5. INFORMATION SERVICES: communication and specificity of climate- related information delivery

The speakers of the session will provide a conceptual framework of the proposed information knowledge platform on climate change in Central Asia and present examples of the effective delivery of the climate-related information to the various target groups, including decision- makers, farmers and women.

Moderator: Mr. Heinrich WYES, Senior Advisor, CAREC




1.         Ms. Susan LEGRO and Mr. Jiri ZEMAN, CAMP4ASB International Consultants: “Conceptual framework on the regional information knowledge platform on climate change in Central Asia”

2.         Ms. Manon CASSARA and Julia KOMAGEVA, the World Bank: «World Bank’s information platform for knowledge dissemination»

3.         Mr. Victor NOVIKOV, Zoi Network: «Specificity of development and communication of the climate-related information to policy makers»

4.         Mr. Farkhod ABDURAKHMONOV, CAREC: «Fostering water cooperation through knowledge transfer, good practices and water diplomacy in CA and Afghanistan»

5.         Dr. Akmal AKRAMKHANOV, ICARDA: «Knowledge platform on SLM (CACILM)»

6.         Mr. Gianluca COLOMBO, oneofftech: «K-Link»

Facilitated Plenary Session with Speakers providing a 10-minute speech; 30-minute moderated Q&A

13:00–14:00 Lunch (on site)



During the proposed session, three parallel sessions will be conducted. They aim to add value

on to the topics of the plenary sessions and dive deeper into Policy, Science, Best Practices

and Technology, and Information Services on climate adaptation and resilience. Upon the

completion of the parallel sessions, moderators will provide summaries with key messages to

the Conference Secretariat, to be further integrated to the Outcome Document.

SE 1: Sustainable Economic Development in light of climate change: recommendations from the existing regional and local initiatives

Moderator: Dr. Imran Saqib KHALID is a Research Fellow at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)


1.         Mr. Zafar MAKHMUDOV, Environmental Land Management and Rural Livelihood project (ELMARL)

2.         Mr. Takayoshi KATO, OECD: «Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Co-operation»

3.         Mr. Polat REYMOV, UNDP: «Developing climate resilience of farming communities in the drought prone parts of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan»

4.         Mr. Anvar HOMIDOV, Chief Technical Advisor: «Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) as a driver towards resource mobilization in Tajikistan»

5.         Mr. Christian HERGARTEN, Senior Research Scientist, «Mountain Societies Research Institute: Strengthening Mountain Societies in Central Asia in a Context of Climate Change»

Facilitated Plenary Session with Speakers providing a 15-minute speech; 45-minute moderated Q&A




SE 2: Bringing gender into climate change adaptation: First regional dialogue

Moderator: Vadim NI, Chairperson of EcoForum of Kazakhstan NGOs


1.         Ms. Diana ISMAILOVA, OXFAM GB: Gender in climate change

2.         Dr. Galina STULINA, Gender in Water: Results of studies on the USAID PEER project

3.         Ms. Balzhan ZHUMAGAZINA, CAREC: Mainstreaming Gender in CAREC activities

4.         Ms. Zhanna BABAGALIYEVA, CAREC Program Specialist: Climate Resilience and Migration: Tajikistan case study

5.         Mr. Yuri SKOCHILOV, Youth Ecological Centre: Specificity of climaterelated information delivery to local communities and farmers (Tajikistan)

Facilitated Plenary Session with Speakers providing a 15-minute speech; 45-minute moderated Q&A

SE 3: Innovative building blocks for climate adaptation and mitigation in Central Asia (moderated jointly by GIZ UN Environment)

Moderator: Philipp REICHMUTH, independent consultant, GIZ


1.         Mr. Robert BIERKANDT (CIM-IF) and Ms. Zoia KRETOVA (Kyrgyzhydromet), Integrating localized climate information into sector planning

2.         Ms. Claudia HALLER (GIZ Tajikistan) and Svetlana JUMAEVA (SDC Tajikistan), Risk perspective to climate change adaptation – the example of ECO disaster risk reduction

3.         Ms. Rano MANSUROVA (ACTED), Lead the change – how to foster climate innovations and expert networking in Central Asia

4.         Mr. Paul SCHUMACHER (GIZ Kazakhstan) and Mr. Azamat ISAKOV (CAMP Alatoo), Helping people in mountainous regions to adapt to climate change with Ecosystem based Adaption (EbA)

5.         Ms. Indika KOCHKAROVA (GIZ Kyrgyzstan) and Ms. Dana YERMOLYANOK (GIZ Kazakhstan), Heating up the system! How to strategically communicate on climate change;

6.         Mr. Sulaiman BERDIKEEV (UNIQUE Landa Use), Bringing private investments into climate resilient land management?

7.         Ms. Sara VENTURINI (UN Environment), Climate Change Adaptation strategic agenda for the mountains regions of Central Asia

Facilitated Plenary Session in the format of a World Café/Speed-Dating with Speakers providing a 10-minute speech; 15-minute moderated Q&A the session

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee-break




The session aims to reflect key messages of the plenary sessions and discussions, and contain recommendations and next steps in the area of climate change adaptation in Central Asia.

Moderator: Ms. Tahmina AZIZOVA, CAMP4ASB Regional Coordination Unit Coordinator, CAREC

Speakers: Conference takeaways

•                                Ms. Gayane MINASYAN, Lead Environment Specialist/ Mr. Philippe AMBROSI, Senior Environmental Economist, World Bank

•                                Dr. Iskandar ABDULLAEV, CAREC Executive Director