Climate Change

CAREC is committed to supporting its member countries in implementing and reinforcing existing national strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as in developing regional actions to respond to the climate change impacts and challenges.

Countries in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) region face severe impacts of climate change, now and more so in the future. We have witnessed particularly dramatic and deadly examples of the impacts of climate change in the region, including the devastating floods in Pakistan, punishing droughts in Afghanistan and the People’s Republic of China, days and even weeks of excessive heat, and cross-border conflict over scarce water resources in Central Asia.

These climate-linked events are sharp reminders of the long-term prospects for even more serious impacts of climate change if urgent steps are not taken to control carbon emissions and to increase the resilience of the countries so they can withstand the worsening impacts of climate change over the coming decades.

And while it may be understandable that these long-term challenges and threats are not currently the top concerns of the policymakers or the general public—considering the current global economic crises of inflation, financial stress, food insecurity, and geopolitical tensions—it will be critical for the welfare of the people in the CAREC region that climate change issues are addressed urgently and effectively.

It is, therefore, timely that CAREC is focusing attention on climate change as a crosscutting issue for its CAREC 2030 Strategy. 

Source: CAREC 2030: Supporting Regional Actions to Address Climate Change: A Scoping Study

By the Numbers: Climate Change in Central Asia 

Read more in this ADB blog: By the Numbers: Climate Change in Central Asia

CAREC 2030: Supporting Regional Actions to Address Climate Change: A Scoping Study

Other Publications

Sustainable Pathways to Post-Pandemic Framework for a Green, Sustainable and Inclusive RecoveryTransition in the CAREC Region – A Governance Perspective

Water–Agriculture–Energy Nexus in Central Asia Through the Lens of Climate Change

Sustainable Pathways to Energy Transition in the CAREC Region – A Governance Perspective

CAREC Water Pillar Scoping Report


CAREC Chai IV: Scoping Study on Climate Change in the CAREC Region: Issues and Actions

Water Infrastructure in Central Asia: Promoting Sustainable Financing and Private Capital Participation (Launch of CAREC Institute Water Report)

Webinar: Central Asia’s Climate Risks: Can Energy Diversification Help?

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