From 2–3 April 2019, the second annual Central Asia Climate Change Conference was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to address challenges due to global warming and shifting conditions in one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change. In partnership with the World Bank, a co-host of the conference, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) reported on the event to raise awareness on the knowledge and solutions shared during the two days.
The region of Central Asia is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Intensive melting of mountain glaciers, growing frequency of natural disasters and droughts are amongst just a few indicators of climate-related risks, which can bring irreversible damage to economic stability and food security in the region.
Steps towards climate resilience are expected to be discussed at the Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC 2019), which will be held on 3-4 of April 2019 in Tashkent. CACCC 2019 will bring together more than 200 participants and speakers from leading national, regional and international organizations and agencies. The conference is a continuation of the World Bank’s initiative for climate change knowledge and information exchange in Central Asia and is organized under the framework of the CAMP4ASB project. CACCC 2019 is funded by the World Bank and supported by the Executive Committee of the International Fund for saving the Aral Sea (EC IFAS), Uzhydromet and the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC).
The main objective of the conference is to promote decision-making process on climate adaptation and mitigation in Central Asia. The IPCC’s recent report (2018) states that the consequences of global warming even by 1.5°C will be far more dramatic than expected, and will require substantial mitigation and adaptation efforts from the international community. The conference will, therefore, present the most updated information about the impacts of climate change, including recent research findings. The participants will be able to discuss joint measures needed to avoid the worst impacts on ecosystems, built environment, human health, and well-being.
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