2020 has become a challenge for the whole world, not only in terms of the climate crisis and natural disasters, but also in terms of the economic and social crisis provoked by the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that it is impossible to provide an adequate response to global challenges without joining the efforts of all sectors of society. This is a lesson that countries need to consider when they recover their economies in the near future. Countries of Central Asia are among the most vulnerable to climate change. Climate change affects the well-being of 72 million people, mainly in rural areas of this region. Given that agriculture is a key sector of the economy, the impacts of climate change pose a serious threat to the region’s food security and resilience. Water resources, biodiversity conservation and security issues in Central Asia are among the most significant challenges currently faced by the region.

Climate Action Network Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (CAN EECCA) includes more than 50 civil society organizations, and is a part of the global coalition of more than 1,300 NGOs. The CAN EECCA members from Central Asia (CA), after a joint discussion, decided to come up with a shared position on the recovery of their countries after the crisis and the required climate action.

We address the authorities of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and the international community with the purpose of proposing measures to improve the climate and social situation in the CA region, as well as to recognize the significant role of civil society as partners in this process.

Read the full position here:

Position of CA members of CAN EECCA