A consultative seminar on the development of Central Asian Climate Information Platform (CACIP) was held on June 14 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It was attended by representatives of the Committee for Forestry and Wildlife of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Union of Farmers of Kazakhstan, Kazhydromet, the Kazakh Research Institute of Livestock and Feed Production, the Kazakh Research Institute of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry and other organizations.
Kazakhstan, located in four natural zones – forest-steppe, steppe, semi-desert and desert – is facing serious risks associated with climate change. Drought and fires, excessive rainfall and increased temperatures adversely affect the agriculture and other sectors of the largest economy in Central Asia, as well as human health and food security.
The proposed platform is expected to facilitate effective decision-making on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the region. The project is being implemented by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) together with the international organization iMMAP in the framework of the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Aral Sea Basin (CAMP4ASB), supported by the World Bank.
The workshop participants noted the importance of creating a new platform, which is expected to be launched by spring 2020, and offered suggestions on its content and operation.
According to the Forestry and Wildlife Committee, “considering the mechanisms for data collection and managing the platform to continue its work after the completion of the project is very important.”
Representatives of Kazhydromet stressed that the platform should take into account the impact of climate change on the entire region as well as on all sectors of the economy.