Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) – Tajikistan
The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), approved in November 2008, was the first program developed and operational under the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF), which is one of two funds within the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). It assists developing countries in integrating climate resilience into development planning.
The PPCR aims to pilot and demonstrate ways in which climate risk and resilience may be integrated into core development planning and implementation. In this way, the PPCR provides incentives for scaled-up action and initiates transformational change.
The pilot programs and projects implemented under the PPCR are country-led, build on National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPAs) and other relevant country studies and strategies. They are strategically aligned with other donor funded activities to provide financing for projects that will produce experience and knowledge useful to designing scaled-up adaptation measures.
Tajikistan is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change in Central Asia. The environmental legacy of the Soviet central planning, combined with a multitude of current problems, such as crumbling infrastructure, increasing feminization of poverty and limited institutional capacity, threaten the sustainability of Tajikistan‘s economic, social and human development.
Climate change will exacerbate existing problems and pose additional risks to the achievement of national development priorities. The Government of Tajikistan recognizes that development as usual will not sufficiently address these emerging risks. We believe that the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) offers a unique opportunity to shift from business as usual to a climate resilient development path by piloting approaches to integrate climate risks in development planning.
Tajikistan is tapping US$47.8 million in grant financing from the PPCR for investments expected to reinvigorate the process of building understanding and capacity on climate change issues and generating an institutional framework to manage, oversee and influence climate change activities in the longer term.
The focus areas for Tajikistan’s PPCR investments are:
- Climate-proofing key water management and hydroelectric infrastructure,
- Improving institutional capacities for effectively integrating climate resilience into national development and investment planning,
- Supporting land management measures to enhance rural livelihoods through greater resilience to climate-related shocks.
Tajikistan’s PPCR strategic program will be implemented over a five year period, and was designed under the leadership of the government in coordination with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), members of the World bank Group (IBRD, IDA, IFC), and key Tajik stakeholders.