CACCC-2023: Welcome Speech by Zafar Makhmudov

Publication date: 15 May 2023

    Dear friends,  

 I am happy to inform you that the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) will hold the 5th Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC-2023) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, May 16-17, 2023.  

 Recall that CAREC hosted the first CACCC in 2018. CAREC carries out its actions under the aegis of the five countries of the region: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. We see our mission in uniting the efforts of these five countries to prevent and mitigate climate change.  

 IPCC published the AR6 Synthesis Report: Climate Change 2023 in March of this year. The report says human factors boost climate change, and temperature rise becomes more widespread and may reach +4C°. 

 IPCC experts believe negative from human-caused change will intensify water scarcity and food production, health and well-being, ecosystem structure, and increase natural disasters causing significant material damage. 

 If we do not take decisive actions today, the subsequent adaptation to climate change will increase efforts and costs. According to international experts, investing 1 million in adaptation will reduce costs from 4 to 9 million to recover from the effects.  

 Considering all these factors, the 5th Central Asia Climate Change Conference will focus on water, energy, food and environmental issues concerning climate change in Central Asia. 

 CACCC-2023 will traditionally convene the heads and key representatives of environmental agencies, ministries of economy, water resources, agriculture, energy, hydrometeorological services and other sectoral ministries of Central Asian countries.  

Besides, the Conference will gather international development partners, youth leaders, representatives of the multilateral development banks, the expert community, academic institutions, civil society organizations, water supply and energy companies, and businesses.  

CACCC-2023 will also focus on the joint preparation for the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change by Central Asian countries to establish the identity of the Central Asian region in the international climate arena. 

Visit the CACCC-2023 page for more information.  

Zafar Makhmudov,

CAREC Executive Director

The 5th Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC-2023) is organized by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) under Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program in the Aral Sea Basin AF (CAMP4ASB AF) and Central Asia Nexus Dialogue Project: Fostering Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus and Multi-Sector Investment (NEXUS) in cooperation with the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, the Central Asia Water & Energy Program (CAWEP), a partnership among the World Bank, the European Union, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and is supported by PROGREEN.

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