Green Central Asia: tackling the impacts of climate change through regional cooperation

Programmkurzbeschreibung

Title: Green Central Asia: Transboundary dialogue on climate, environment and security in Central Asia and Afghanistan
Commissioned by: German Federal Foreign Office (AA)
Country: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan
Partner: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Kazakh-German University (DKU)
Lead executing agency: Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the partner countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan
Overall term: 2020 to 2024

Context

In the past few decades, experience has shown that ongoing climate change not only has consequences for the environment, but also increasingly represents a security risk for people’s health and livelihoods. This is creating new challenges in the field of foreign policy, making it necessary to pursue cooperative policy approaches.

In the five Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and in Afghanistan, the effects of climate change are already making themselves felt. Droughts, desertification and water shortages are increasing significantly.

The Green Central Asia conference was held in January 2020 in response to this. It marked the beginning of the project, with Germany and the six countries signing a joint declaration on political cooperation in the region. The project supports the European Union’s Central Asia Strategy, which aims to improve environment, climate and water resilience. 

Objective

Regional political dialogue strengthens cross-border cooperation on the consequences of climate change and conflict prevention in Central Asia.

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Approach

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is carrying out the project in close cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office (AA). The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and Kazakh-German University (DKU) support the project with scientific research.

The project primarily organises policy dialogue with the six partner countries. Working together with the countries, the project identifies the priorities of each state on climate and security. It also makes scientific research from the PIK, GFZ and DKU available to policy-makers. As a result, knowledge about the impact of climate change should improve and the countries will become more resilient. In addition, the project involves international organisations working in the field of climate and security in the dialogue. 

The aim is to develop a joint action plan for Central Asia and Afghanistan. This will ensure that international instruments for security-related environment and climate policies are applied more independently and quickly by the partner institutions. The goal is also to implement jointly developed policy approaches and best practices regionally and across borders. 

The policy dialogue will be accompanied by targeted media exposure and awareness-raising public relations work via social media and traditional channels. A greater willingness to cooperate and deeper mutual trust should thus form the basis for conflict prevention between the countries.

Last update: February 2021

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