PCC ranks water scarcity in Central Asia in the top of five global risks

Publication date: 29 May 2024

Today, the participants of the CACCC-2024 learnt about key outcomes of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for Central Asia. 

Dr. Alisher Mirzabaev, former Working Group II Lead Author, IPCC, reported that large increases in temperature extremes are observed in West and Central Asia for the past century.

IPCC observed changes of precipitation in Central Asia. Thus, decreased precipitation and increased evapotranspiration leads to drought increase and surface runoff decrease.

According to Alisher Mirzabaev, increasing temperatures and changing precipitations will have crucial impact on agriculture productivity in Central Asia.

The Sixth Assessment Report of IPCC ranks water scarcity in Central Asia in the top of five global risks.

By 2100 one third of the 56 large-scale glacier-based catchments are projected to experience a mean annual runoff decline by over 10%, with the most significant reductions in Central Asia.  

The Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC-2024) is organized by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) within the “Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program in the Aral Sea Basin AF” (CAMP4ASB AF), Central Asia Water and Energy Program (CAWEP), and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, in cooperation with The Global Partnership for Sustainable and Resilient Landscapes (PROGREEN), NDC Partnership (NDCP), Coalition for Capacity on Climate Action (C3A), Asia Development Bank (ADB), Asia Development Institute (ADBI), International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), SWITCH-Asia— a programme funded by the European Union, the Kazakh-German University (DKU), Green Academy along with valuable support provided from other partners.

The CAMP4ASB AF project is implemented by CAREC together with EC IFAS with the financial support of the World Bank and the Green Climate Fund.

The Central Asia Water and Energy Program (CAWEP) is a partnership between the World Bank, the European Union, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom aimed at creating conditions for improving water and energy security at the regional level and in beneficiary countries in a changing climate.

For more information, please contact Irina Bekmirzaeva, Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Programme Manager/CAMP4ASB Project Coordinator, at ibekmirzaeva@carececo.org 

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