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10 Million in Uzbekistan to benefit from Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation Project

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15 February 2013 – Washington, DC, USA – Rural communities of over 10 million people in eight regions of Uzbekistan are expected to benefit from a US$12.699 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant financing for the Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation Project approved in late January by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. This is complementary financing to the US$120.66 million International Development Association (IDA) credit for the ongoing second phase of the Rural Enterprise Support Project.

Uzbekistan-mapThe Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation Project will promote the introduction of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies of relevance to agribusinesses and farms, and strengthen capacity for improving degraded irrigated land and water conservation in Andijan, Bukhara, Jizzak, Kashkadarya, Samarkand, Syrdarya, Tashkent, and Fergana regions.

According to Uzbekistan’s Second National Communication on Climate Change (2010), intensive warming has been observed over the entire country. With further acute water scarcity predicted for extremely warm and dry years, flows in the Syr Darya and Amu Darya Rivers Basins might decrease. The activities envisaged under the new GEF grant would contribute to mitigating and adapting to water scarcity, land degradation, and increased greenhouse gas emission risks.

“The Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation Project responds to the country’s commitment to further reform agricultural sector and raise its importance on the economic agenda,” said Takuya Kamata, World Bank’s Country Manager for Uzbekistan. “The project will help rural communities in Uzbekistan to adopt, transfer, and replicate sustainable agriculture and land management practices aimed at restoring and improving irrigated land, while increasing economic opportunities for the rural population and improving environmental conditions.”

The project components include: Promoting Renewable Energy Technologies (GEF US$9.0 million), Promoting Technologies and Practices to Mitigate Irrigated Land Degradation (GEF US$1.09 million) and Providing Advisory Services and Project Management (GEF US$2.60 million)

Uzbekistan joined the World Bank in 1992. The World Bank’s mission in Uzbekistan is to improve people’s livelihoods through being a partner in economic reforms, supporting the modernization of the country’s social sectors and infrastructure, and sharing its knowledge and experience with the Government and the people of Uzbekistan.

Total current World Bank commitments to Uzbekistan amount to US$894.5 million.  To learn more about this project, go tohttp://www.worldbank.org/projects/P127486/sustainable-agriculture-climate-change-mitigation-project-gef?lang=en. To learn more about all World Bank projects in Uzbekistan, visithttp://www.worldbank.org/en/country/uzbekistan.

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It comprises five closely associated institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Each institution plays a distinct role in the mission to fight poverty and improve living standards for people in the developing world. For more information, please visit www.ifc.org,www.worldbank.org, and www.miga.org.

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