Central Asia

Capacity and Institution Building for Climate Finance Readiness in Central Asia

The Central Asian countries are under extreme stress due to unsustainable agricultural policies and the increasingly negative impact of climate change. They have yet to define a coherent and comprehensive climate policy, including cross-sector strategies for both climate mitigation and adaptation measures. The agriculture, forestry and land-use (AFOLU) sector finds scarce recognition from Central Asian governments, when it comes to climate change sensitive policy-making and international climate change cooperation. This contrasts with an ever-growing architecture of AFOLU and international climate cooperation to provide developing countries assistance with planning, action and finance readiness for climate mitigation and adaptation measures, as well as for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV). Climate cooperation mechanisms include National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA interventions), new agricultural policies, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) as well as bilateral and multilateral initiatives.


The project's aim is to enable key institutions in the target countries (Uzbekistan and Kyrgysztan) to become familiar with the international climate finance architecture and ultimately to be ready to access climate finance opportunities in the AFOLU / LULUCF (Land use-, land use change, forestry) sector through training dedicated staff.


Within three training modules in each target country, the project will:

a) create the ground for understanding national AFOLU / LULUCF sectors and familiarize the participants with all available international finance options,

b) develop a case study and a case specific funding application to identified donor/funding schemes, and

c) assist the participants in preparing and submitting the required documents for an application for climate financing.


The project is financed in the framework of the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ) GmbH (German Society for International Co-operation) and jointly implemented with the project partner Atlas Environmental Law Advisory. The local partners are the Main Forestry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources in Uzbekistan and the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry as well as the NGO BIOM in Kyrgysztan.


BMU                  GIZ


Project coordination:

Jens Wunderlich, email: jens.wunderlich(at)succow-stiftung.de