Supporting NAP for DRR in Tajikistan

12 November 2015, Dushanbe, Tajikistan:  A workshop was held by UNDP aimed at initiating development of a sectoral NAP focussed on disaster risk reduction in Tajikistan.
The Government of Tajikistan decided to launch the NAP process to adopt a medium- and long-term approach for reducing vulnerability to climate impacts and to facilitate the integration of climate adaptation into on-going planning processes at national and sub-national levels, with a focus on integration adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR). 
Within this overall context, the Committee for Environmental Protection, Government of Tajikistan officially requested UNDP and the NAP-GSP to provide expert advice and support in scoping, data analysis and recommendations for the integration of climate change adaptation into national policies and activities on DRR and in particular on flood risk reduction through a sectoral NAP for improved resilience to flood risks in Tajikistan. 
The sector specific NAP focusing on flood risk reduction will complement the broader NAP process being developed by Tajikistan with support from the Asian Development Bank. 
More than 40 participants were drawn from Ministries of Economic Development, Energy and Water Resources, and Finance, Committees of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence and Environmental Protection, Agencies of Hydrometeorology and Irrigation and Land Reclamation and other governmental committees, as well as from academia, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and International Development and governmental organisations, including UN agencies and Asian Development Bank.
The workshop considered the NAP Process for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), with the aim to reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change by building adaptive capacity and resilience, and to facilitate the integration of climate change adaptation, into relevant new and existing DRR policies, programmes and activities. 
The launch of the the NAP process for DRR took place, and participants identifies key priority areas, gaps, and needs for the NAP process for DRR, discussed national coordination, and defined the next steps towards a NAP for DRR. 
Since the workshop, UNDP has worked with the governmental representatives to develop overall strategic recommendations for the NAP process, including draft roadmap, stocktaking report, and recommendations for next steps in the NAP process for DRR in Tajjikistan. This report is under review and will be available soon. National experts and working groups will also be mobilized to work on the NAP according to the planned NAP road map.