Development of the Central Asia Climate Change Information Platform was discussed at a meeting of stakeholders in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The project is being implemented by ICARDA jointly with iMMAP within the World Bank-supported project Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Aral Sea Basin (CAMP4ASB).
The participants agreed that the climate change was very drastic in Kyrgyzstan. There was snow in July in Issyk Kul last year, which resulted in losing 3,000 heads of livestock. Moreover, drought occurred in August 2018 contributed to destroying crops, causing the livestock moving down from hills and mountains to lowlands.
Therefore, the platform should have seasonal information and data, including forecasts, to help users adapt to climate change. An early warning system that is simple in use by farmers is required, it was stressed.
Although no one can guarantee 100 percent accurate weather forecasts, long-term data on winter and summer conditions may help farmers be better prepared and ready for them. The river flow forecast are more accurate.
An important issue is making the platform sustainable and viable, so that it continues running after the project is completed.
Learning from past experiences of similar projects, it was proposed to include not only climate data but also economic, statistical and advisory data.