Regional : Supporting Regional Actions to Address Climate Change under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program

Sovereign Project | 56342-001

The regional knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will enable the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) member countries to adopt a systematic and strategic regional approach to advance the climate change agenda in key thematic areas and sectors under the CAREC Program. The TA will mainstream the regional approach and responses to climate change in the CAREC 2030 operational clusters toward achieving the Paris Agreement through the implementation of nationally determined contributions.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Rosbach, Kristian
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Supporting Regional Actions to Address Climate Change under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program
Project Number 56342-001
Country / Economy Regional
Azerbaijan
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyz Republic
Mongolia
Pakistan
China, People's Republic of
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 10145-REG: Supporting Regional Actions to Address Climate Change under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Operational Priorities OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Some gender elements
Description The regional knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will enable the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) member countries to adopt a systematic and strategic regional approach to advance the climate change agenda in key thematic areas and sectors under the CAREC Program. The TA will mainstream the regional approach and responses to climate change in the CAREC 2030 operational clusters toward achieving the Paris Agreement through the implementation of nationally determined contributions.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

2.Climate change as the defining challenge for global development. According to the 2022 nationally determined contributions synthesis report, the combined climate pledges made by countries, if all implemented, would result in a global temperature increase of 2.5

C by the end of the century way above the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5

C. National governments must strengthen and implement their climate action plans by 2030 to keep this goal alive. It is important to note that climate change disproportionately affects vulnerable groups, including women, people with disabilities, rural communities, and those with limited access to economic opportunities. The Paris Agreement has formalized the recognition of the climate challenge, and actions are being taken globally, regionally, and nationally. However, these efforts are not yet enough. As a development bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is committed to taking action to address climate change. ADB recognizes the need for reforms by multilateral development banks to increase financing capacity and mobilize private capital to contribute to climate change goals. By working together, countries and development partners can significantly mitigate the effects of climate change and protect vulnerable communities.

3.Regional impact. The CAREC countries are already facing severe impacts of climate change, and the situation is expected to worsen in the future. In 2022-2023, the region witnessed a series of catastrophic events directly linked to climate change. These included the devastating floods in Pakistan, the punishing droughts in Afghanistan and the People's Republic of China, the wildfires and dzud (summer drought followed by severe winter) in Mongolia, and the unprecedented heatwaves in Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. These events are a stark reminder of the long-term prospects of even more severe impacts of climate change on human lives and economies. Countries within the region must take urgent steps to mitigate carbon emissions and increase their resilience to withstand the worsening impacts of climate change over the coming decades.

4.Regional program's key role in tackling climate change. CAREC plays a unique and crucial role in helping its member countries accelerate climate action regionally. The CAREC platform provides a vital forum for member countries to collaborate and jointly tackle pressing climate-related issues. Climate change has important regional impacts, and many climate issues need to be addressed on a regional basis for maximum effect. This requires regional weather and climate observations and forecasts, and based on those, regional or regionally coordinated plans and action i.e., an all-countries approach within the region. In the CAREC region, such action is especially required for energy, water, agriculture, transportation, and disaster-related early warning and response, where regional climate-resilient infrastructure has to be built and maintained and/or regional public goods (shared energy and water) or public negative externalities (disasters, pollution, and others) have to be managed jointly. Regional climate action requires a readiness by countries to cooperate, it demands a regional strategy that complements national climate change strategies, and it needs regional institutional capacity to support the cooperation process. Finally, mobilizing financing is vital to climate change action and often a severe constraint for an individual country. CAREC paves the way for finance mobilization, enabling member countries to access the resources they need to implement effective climate solutions. In November 2022, the CAREC Ministerial Conference endorsed recommendations for CAREC member countries' collaboration and cooperation to manage climate change issues that affect the region.

Impact

A systematic and strategic regional approach to advance climate agenda adopted by the CAREC member countries and supported by ADB

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Regional climate change responses in the CAREC operational clusters mainstreamed

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

CAREC vision on climate change adopted

Policy dialogue and knowledge sharing promoted

Regional low-carbon and climate-resilient investments in the CAREC region identified

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Azerbaijan - Nation-wide; China - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide; Kazakhstan - Nation-wide; Kyrgyz Republic - Nation-wide; Mongolia - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Tajikistan - Nation-wide; Turkmenistan - Nation-wide; Uzbekistan - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Rosbach, Kristian
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Integration Unit, CWRD (CWRC)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 May 2023
Fact Finding 26 May 2023 to 15 Jun 2023
MRM -
Approval 05 Sep 2023
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Jun 2023

TA 10145-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Sep 2023 - 05 Sep 2023 31 Dec 2026 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 14 Feb 2024 12,696.27

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Supporting Regional Actions to Address Climate Change under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program Individual - Consulting Closed

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