The CTCN Workshop took place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan as part of the Central Asian International Environmental Forum (CAIEF) “Strengthening Cooperation on Environment and Sustainable Development”. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program and the World Bank project “Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Aral Sea Basin”.
The CTCN workshop aimed to bring together the national focal points of various climate initiatives in order to discuss climate technology priorities of Central Asian countries and strengthen cooperation to accelerate technology transfer to address climate change challenges across these countries (Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).
The sub-region of Central Asia is currently undertaking serious efforts to mobilize resources for climate actions through different programmes and initiatives funded by national, bilateral and multilateral agencies. However, a close coordination is needed to mainstream technology in the national climate agenda and support implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Therefore, CTCN is seen as a body for enhancing policy and capacity by bringing innovative solutions for drought resistance, climate risk reduction and energy efficiency.
During this workshop, participants discussed climate technology priorities in the countries of Central Asia based their National Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted in the framework of the international climate change convention, as well as other strategic policies and initiatives. They also explored possible ways of strengthening linkages between Technology Mechanism and the Financial Mechanism of the Convention at the national level, including linkages with the Green Climate Fund.
Specifically, the purpose of the CTCN Regional Workshop was to:
- Present the update of CTCN activities and achievements;
- Discuss successes and challenges encountered by NDEs and possible ways of the CTCN support to overcome the barriers to funding and investment in the Central Asia region; and
- Enhance cooperation and collaboration among the various focal points at operational level and countries level
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