Description: 

A project for establishing a climate modeling facility in the national hydrometeorological agency.

Background:

Tajikistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in Central Asia, and as a result, was chosen as one of the nine participating countries of PPCR. The Expert Group ranked Tajikistan very high for vulnerability to climate-induced disasters. The capacity to adapt to climate change was rated very low. Higher temperatures and decreased snowfall have created droughts, avalanches, landslides, rockfalls and violent winds, destroying land, crops, infrastructures and lives.

While the data collection infrastructure needs to be improved, the use of data for weather forecast and climate modeling is extremely limited. The quality of information on climate change is not sufficient to serve decision makers. Most public officials are unfamiliar with tools, such as climate proofing, screening, and cost-benefit analysis required to prioritize and allocate budgets to adaptation measures. Public awareness of climate change remains low in local government agencies. Subsequently, development projects cannot be designed with considerations to climate change risks.

Objectives and Outputs:

The TA aims to implement national infrastructure development programs and incorporate safeguards to address climate change, and make climate change information available to users. Climate change risks will be integrated into development project planning and implementation. Knowledge management systems will be developed and applied.

Since September 2012, the TA has been providing financial support to PPCR Secretariat. An Inception Report was submitted to the GoT and ADB in October 2013. On 17-20 July 2013, the consultants hosted a Climate Modeling Workshop with the State Administration for Hydrometeorology on optional models for the dynamical downscaling of climate circulation models. In January 2015, the Climate and Impact Modeling Advisory Group report was finalized, providing recommendations for the training, procurement, and research workplan of the planned climate facility. The climate change curriculum has been implemented in several universities and one high school.

The National Communication Strategy has been reviewed and finalized. Discussions are underway with NGOs to implement the awareness campaigns. The PPCR website has been remodeled with a new Tajik-language version. A quarterly electronic e-newsletter is produced to inform key stakeholders and MDBs about the progress of PPCR projects.

In June 2013, the Committee of Environmental Protection, with PPCR partners, submitted to the CIF a workplan for developing baselines and targets for the PPCR results framework in 2013. In August 2013, the consultants facilitated consultations in Dushanbe with government implementing agencies on PPCR results indicators, proposed baselines, and targets. The annual M&E report was submitted to CIF in June 2014, and as of March 2015 work is underway for the next submission in June 2015 in line with the updated reporting guidelines. This is being supported by a number of seminars and workshops, including a validation workshop planned for May 2015.

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

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Project Details
Project Concept (Page 39) | Cover Note | Technical Assistance Report | Technical Assistance Consultant Report (Russian) | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS)Proposed Decision 
Approved on April 3, 2012 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 3.0 million (grant funding)
USD 350,000 (MPIS Second tranche)

Comments and Responses:
Japan (March 29, 2012)
Germany (April 2, 2012)

ADB Response to Germany (April 3, 2012)
ADB Response to Japan (April 16, 2012)

MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS)
Approved on January 25, 2011 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 200,000 (MPIS First tranche)