On March 14, 2022, a capacity development workshop on science and policy interfaces for climate and disaster resilience was held. It was attended by stakeholders (Ministry of Emergency Situations, Climate Change Adaptation) from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The objectives of this workshop were:

  • To strengthen the knowledge and capacity of key stakeholders in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, as well as neighboring countries to understand the risk drivers of water-related disasters in inland water-basins including the impacts of climate change.
  • To discuss an outline of a subregional strategy for risk reduction of inland water disasters in the Aral Sea basin and suggest an action plan well aligned with the national climate adaptation plan and disaster risk reduction strategies including the SDGs and the Sendai Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction.

The seminar consisted of two sessions.

The theme of the first session was “Climate change impact scenarios on Aral Sea: Challenges and opportunities”, presented by Mr. Sanjay Srivastava, Chief of the Disaster Risk Reduction Section, ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, ESCAP. The presentation highlighted the results of an analytical study by ESCAP, which brings out a comprehensive economic, social and environmental assessment of the Aral Sea catastrophe as well as assesses the latest scientific evidence on the climate crisis using a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach.

The second session “Discussion on Subregional cooperation framework to reduce and mitigate disaster risks in endorheic (inland) water basins related to Aral Sea” provided a platform for participants from five Central Asian countries to share views and exchange opinions on the prospects for further regional cooperation in the Aral Sea basin.

The overall conclusions and recommendations of the workshop were that the countries should strengthen regional cooperation in solving the problems of the Aral Sea basin as well as continue research and analytical work on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.