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Building the capacity of SPECA countries to adopt and apply innovative green technologies for climate change adaptation

Background:

The recent compounded water-energy-food crisis, exacerbated by a serious drought, exposed the vulnerability of the central Asian region to the effects of climate change. The region experienced dramatic water shortages that are negatively affecting irrigated agriculture, energy production, health and livelihoods. In their national development strategies, SPECA member countries have identified issues of water scarcity and water quality as central developmental and climate change-related challenges.

Governments must play a leading role in accelerating the required technological take-up and diffusion, by implementing appropriate technology/innovation policies, accompanied by a wider policy mix aimed at inducing the necessary changes in infrastructure and production processes. The appropriate policy mix will ensure that economic actors have incentives aligned with climate change action and clean technology take-up. Policy mixes must be tailored to countries' characteristics, natural resource endowments, the level of a country's development, the strength of its institutions, as well as the nature and size of the predominant market failures, the sectors, objectives and targets it decides to prioritize, and other situation-specific factors. Policy reform must aim to overcome country- and region-specific barriers to climate change adaptation efforts, including institutional, policy, technological and financial.

The proposed project aims to increase national policymakers' capacity to mainstream climate change considerations into the policy mix to create an appropriate enabling environment, and to design effective innovation policy for clean technology take-up and diffusion. It will also improve their understanding of different financial mechanisms to facilitate the adoption of such technologies and to finance clean technology infrastructure projects. At the regional level, the project aims to increase the awareness of policymakers about the benefits of regional cooperation to enhance their climate change adaptation potential and to strengthen regional dialogue and networking on related issues.

Objective:

The objective of the project is to improve the capacity of SPECA member countries to adopt and apply specific clean technologies for climate change adaptation.

Expected Accomplishments:

  • Higher capacity of national policymakers to mainstream climate change considerations into relevant sectoral and cross-sectoral policy mixes
  • Increased capacity of national policymakers to design effective innovation policies for specific clean technologies
  • Increased capacity of national policymakers to access financing for specific clean technology projects
  • Increased awareness of policymakers on potential impact and benefits of regional cooperation to enhance climate change adaptation potential

Implementation Status:

The first activities under the project took place in November 2012 and most of the work envisaged in the project will be carried out in 2013, so the impact of the project is limited at this stage.

The joint national seminar and stakeholder meeting on promotion and financing of innovative green technologies took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on 7-9 November 2012.  More than 40 policymakers and other innovation stakeholders from the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan participated fully and successfully in the two-days training on innovation policy and support of innovative green technologies and financing innovative green technology projects through public-private partnerships. 

The stakeholder meeting on 9th November 2012 was open to a wider set of stakeholders and provided a platform for a structured dialogue and sharing of experiences on the barriers for the introduction of innovative green technologies and how to overcome them. Around 70 stakeholders took part in the meeting, which served to develop links between public and private sector experts in different areas related to the introduction of green technologies.