CAREC – the sub-regional APAN Network hub in Central Asia

CAREC – the sub-regional APAN Network hub in Central Asia


The Asian-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Network (APAN) is a regional program to manage and implement adaptation knowledge and to support adaptation-related state agencies and other stakeholders focusing on knowledge management and capacity building.  

The APAN’s mission is to foster resilience to climate change and sustainability of anthropogenic systems, ecosystems and economies by mobilizing knowledge, building institutional capacity, raising awareness on decision-making processes, and facilitating access to funds and technologies. The APAN works via its regional center in Bangkok.  The sub-regional APAN interventions are implemented by its sub-regional contact and thematic centers located in five sub-regions of Central Asia, South Africa, Northern Asia and the Pacific. CAREC serves as the APAN sub-regional center in Central Asia. 

CAREC collects the national-level data and presents updated information to the regional center on the following issues:  

1.  Adaptation actions and measures in the Central Asian Region (CAR), their peculiarities related to specific sectors, geographical locations, and main donors;

2.  Successful adaptation practices and their highlights, barriers to up-scaling of adaptation practices;

3.  Influence of climate change and steps to combat vulnerability of CA countries;

4.  Content, efficiency and coverage of potential and ongoing adaptation measures in the institutional, political and economic regional contexts;

5.  Specific recommendations on policies and activities in the sphere of climate change adaptation in CA.

In association with the APAN, CAREC also conducts annual trainings and conferences on current issues related to adaptation to climate change in the CAR.

Project goals

•    Improving understanding and knowledge of adaptation measures in the context of past, present and future climatic conditions;

•    Building capacity to apply knowledge with the aim of ensuring access to technologies, funds, design and application of adaptation activities;

•    Promoting opportunities to integrate adaptation issues into policy-making, strategic development and planning.

The IGES (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies) is the major project donor and partner.

Project outcomes

Scientific materials, including reports and short analytical reviews, for example, the report “The Climate Change Adaptation Gap Analysis in CA” and subsequent bulletins, a technical report on technological adaptation gaps and needs on sub-regional and national levels.  The project also contributed to the analytical report “Emergency Situations, Risks and Response in The Context of Climate Change Adaptation”.

Project activities

•    The Regional Training “Assessment of Climate Change Adaptation Practices in Central Asia” (Almaty, July 2012);

•    The Sub-Regional Conference “Stakeholder Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation in CA Facing the 18th UN FCCC CoP” (Tashkent, November 2012);

•    The Sub-Regional Training “Climate Change Adaptation by Decreasing Climate Risks” (Dushanbe, July 2013);

•    The Sub-Regional Conference “The Role of State and Private Partnerships in Adaptation Practices in the Sphere of Agriculture, Water and Forest Management” (Bishkek, November 2013).

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