Climate resilience studies planned

Engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the Asian Development Bank to carry out climate resilience planning and capacity building for a pilot project in Tajikistan.

As technical consultant, the company will assess the vulnerability of Tajikistan’s water sector assets to climate impact.

This will include identifying and prioritising vulnerable communities, ecosystems and infrastructure. The consultancy will be required to develop adaptation and mitigation measures for climate change, based on downscaled hydroclimate impact models.

The company says it will demonstrate ways to integrate climate risk and resilience into core development planning as well as prepare sector-based hazard management investment plans. The studies form part of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), a joint Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development and World Bank undertaking, spread across nine countries.

Investment plans have also been endorsed for Niger and Bangladesh. The UK Government is contributing £225M to the PPCR, which is part of the Climate Investment Funds.

Results from the PPCR are expected to inform the global fund for climate adaptation, agreed at last November’s climate change summit in Cancun. The project is due for completion by July.

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