Compilation of the Climate Adaptation Practices in Central Asia
Climate change poses a serious threat to Central Asia’s environmental and socio-economic systems, particularly because of the arid nature of the region. Future warming will have a greater impact on the local seasonal weather patterns and precipitation regimes, affecting natural ecosystems, agricultural practices and human well-being. The changes in the intra annual river discharge, the spring time river flow increase by 20% followed by a significant decrease during the summer time, will have far-reaching negative impacts on irrigated agriculture.
Though adaptation to climate change is crucial for Central Asia, it still remains at a nascent stage and substantial action is needed. Nevertheless, a preliminary record of relevant on-ground activities across the sub-region already exists. The Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) and the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) conducted a review of the existing climate adaptation practices in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.