A new climate financing facility in Tajikistan, CLIMADAPT, was launched in February this year. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in partnership with the PPCR, launched the fund. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) contributes funding for technical cooperation activities. The CIF is providing $5 million USD and has leveraged an additional $5M USD from EBRD to create a pilot Climate Resilience Financing Facility. CLIMADAPT will offer loans to private businesses, farmers and households via local Financial Institutions (FIs.) Three local FIs- Bank Eskhata, Humo MFI and IMON International-have already signed agreements and received credit lines to participate in CLIMADAPT. Given their widespread presence and network in the country, these FIs will be able to facilitate widespread diffusion of climate resilient technologies and farming practices. The technologies supported will help businesses and households use energy and water more cost-effectively while improving their yields. The CLIMADAPT will also train organizations and farmers on climate-resilient technologies and new agricultural practices to counter increasing climate risks and impacts. The goal is to reduce climate risks and impacts faced by: Tajik farmers, households and businesses, and to enhance theire resilience in the face of a changing climate.
Participatory exploration of community-based water and energy options
Civil society’s role in the design, implementation, and monitoring of low-carbon and climate resilient interventions have lately gained traction because of its close working relationship with vulnerable population, local governments, and non-state organizations. Furthermore, the need for widespread diffusion of low-carbon and climate resilient interventions to counter increasing climate risks and impacts has made it urgent to consider the possible options, including the greater use of the civil society. However, before giving civil society a greater role, it is important to better understand the role it plays in low-carbon and climate resilient technology diffusion and the challenges it faces in technology diffusion.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the PPCR Secretariat together organized a meeting on February 3, 2016 with an aim of better understanding what role do civil society organizations play in promoting more resilient water and energy systems in communities. Twenty five senior and mid-level community development professionals working on climate resilience participated in the meeting. The objective of the consultation was to find out how civil society organizations viewed their role in helping address climate risks and impacts and building climate resilient communities. Participants discussed how local stakeholders could be better involved in planning water and energy projects, which is crucial to improve community-level resilience and improve the sustainability of adaptation interventions. EBRD also shared how it is improving access to safe water, sanitation, and energy and its climate adaptation business tools.
Improving on-farm irrigation efficiency in Pyanj River Basin
Farmers in the Pyanj District will benefit from cleaning that is underway on drainage and sewer lines that support thousands of hectares of irrigate land in the river basin. The cleaning is one of the several interventions supported by the Asian Development Bank and the Climate Investment Fund’s project to build climate resilience in the Pyanj River Basin. It is one of five investments in the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR).
Rehabilitation of irrigation and drainage systems in the region will rehabilitate land resources and improve farm income. Nine land reclamation machines have been purchased to clean drainage and sewer lines in the project area. A total of 19,376 meters of drainage and sewer lines will be cleaned and repaired in the pilot districts . As a result, 480 hectares of land will be reclaimed and 1450 hectares of arable land will have improved access to irrigation. The restoration of "Boytudasht № 0" pumping station, which has also started will improve irrigation to more than 1885 hectares in Nuri Vakhdat Jamoat of Pyanj District.
In addition to clearing of drainage and sewers, the project also aims to: pilot drip irrigation system, build capacity of local government employees and community water user groups in water resources management, and put in place flood protection infrastructure. These activities will reduce local climate risks and impacts and build climate resilience.