Developing a National Adaptation Planning Process in Turkmenistan

Project goals

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen Turkmenistan’s adaptive and resiliency capacities by developing a national adaptation process (NAP). 

The Government of Turkmenistan seeks to strengthen its adaptive and resiliency capacities to climate change by integrating climate risks and adaptation measures into planning and budgeting processes via the development of a national adaptation process (NAP). Doing so will complement other key foundational measures including Turkmenistan’s Nationally Determined Contribution, the Third and the under-development Fourth National Communication, and a National Climate Change Strategy.

The proposed project seeks to achieve the following outcomes:

●  Outcome 1: An Institutional framework to implement the Paris Agreement established

●  Outcome 2: The evidence base for adaptation planning in the water sector strengthened

●  Outcome 3: The capacity for adaptation planning strengthened

The project is focused on developing a national coordination mechanism and governance processes for conducting adaptation planning and measures and on strengthening the evidence base within the water sector so as to provide the information required for effective decision-making. Lastly, the project will increase the capacity of those involved in adaptation planning as within the water sector and adaptation planning in general. 

Addressing Gender Equality Issues

The project positions women as representatives of one of the vulnerable groups and recognizes their potential as agents of change in the field of climate change adaptation. Therefore, the project activities are built on the gender analysis performed at the inception phase to consider vulnerability and inequalities as the key principles of the NAP process. The project is aiming at creating enabling environment to ensure representation of women and gender-focused entities, such as the Women’s Union of Turkmenistan, in the planning process. To achieve this, the project will perform capacity building activities for stakeholders involved in planning and decision-making processes at sectoral and national levels to cover the outstanding need for the better understanding of interconnection between gender equality and adaptation. Additionally, gender mainstreaming tools will be applied within the project in the development of technical guidelines for the integration of climate change adaptation into planning processes.