Acitivity Brief: Training Workshop Removing barriers towards climate change adaptation in Central Asia
All five countries in Central Asia are vulnerable to climate change and face common climate challenges that impact social, economic and environmental development. The emerging climate change impacts in Central Asia are becoming well-recognised and the countries are focusing on reducing vulnerability and moving towards climate-resilient development. Acknowledging that climate risks cut across borders of Central Asian countries, a number of studies and assessments have been performed over the past few years. These include regular publications of National Communications on climate change under the UNFCCC and the recent overview assessment conducted by the World Bank on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Central Asia (CAMP4CA).
The different countries are facing similar sectoral challenges as they attempt to strengthen resilience and adaptation measures. In light of this, and the increasing recognition of climate impacts, effort should be undertaken to raise awareness among young professionals of the current and expected trends of climate change and its impacts on development sectors.
The two-day practical training made use of the Participatory Scenario Development (PSD) approach. PSD is an approach applied in a multi-stakeholder context to help anticipate and understand the consequences of climate change in the context of plausible socio-economic scenarios. It identifies well-suited adaptations encompassing hard and soft measures to reduce risks, to remove barriers, and to increase resilience and adaptation in accordance with goals set over different time horizons. It is a process involving the participation of stakeholders to explore the future in a creative and policy-relevant way.