“CACIP should be like Wikipedia” for climate data users – discussion

Date: 29.07.2019.

The Central Asia Climate Change Information Platform “should be like Wikipedia” for users interested in climate change related data, one participant of the project stakeholders meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan said.

The platform is being developed by ICARDA jointly with iMMAP within the World Bank-supported project Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Aral Sea Basin (CAMP4ASB).

Considering that the platform, set to be launched in spring of 2020, is being designed not only for decision makers and scientists, but also for agricultural producers and farmers across the country, it is important that it is simple, easy to use, and operates on low internet bandwidth and mobile phones, the participants noted.

The discussion participants agreed that the platform is crucial because the climate change impacts are being felt clearly: glaciers’ melting, water scarcity and temperature changes. There is a need for recommendations on adaptation measures: what to do and how to cope with this impact. Some examples are recommendations about efficient water use and crop rotation.

The data should be accurate and reliable, with source of information indicated, it was stressed, and the access should be open and free of charge. The scope of data should cover all districts and regions at different levels, and offer the possibility of climatic projections for any specific region.

Given that the platform is expected to cover a wide range of data, the developers were warned against turning it into a “monster” that is difficult to organize and support.

To increase the awareness of the potential users about the platform, it was advised to publish brochures, leaflets and use other means of communication.

A major issue is to find a responsible organization that will take over and own the platform in the future.

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