Tajikistan is the most vulnerable country to climate change in Europe and Central Asia, in particular because of its extreme reliance on hydropower. There is a great need to increase the resilience of local communities to respond to climatic stresses and thus promote climate resilient development and growth as well as long-term climate robustness through concrete adaptation responses.
In the framework of EBRD project FIST in the capacity of a Consultant assisted Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (FSFM) who has a Service Contract with EBRD – European Bank for Reconstruction and Development “Tajikistan Small business Climate Resilience Financing Facility Phase 2”- for the provision of technical assistance and services.
Consequently, the EBRD and the Tajik Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Secretariat are jointly organized a consultation workshop with civil society stakeholders on the topic of Reliable Water and Energy for Climate Resilient Communities.
The event took place on 3 February 2016 and featured a broad range of approximately 25 civil society stakeholders with a focus on local Tajik civil society organizations.
FIST acted as a discussant on a panel entitled “Climate and energy: Improving access to sustainable energy”, that focused on the impacts of the lack of reliable access to energy on communities and vulnerable groups as well as response strategies.
The objective of the consultation event as a whole was to learn how civil society organizations view their role with regards to climate change challenges and the subsequent need to build climate resilient communities. Participants discussed how local stakeholders could be better involved in planned water and energy projects with the aim to strengthen climate resilience in a sustainable manner.