KAZAKHSTAN IS LAUNCHING THE GEOPORTAL TO MONITOR DROUGHT RISKS FROM SPACE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION STUDIES.

Oct 21, 2016

Several events devoted to adapting and reducing vulnerability of Kazakhstan to climate change will take place on October 24-25.

October 24, 2016, Almaty, the Conference Hall of the National Center for Space Research and Technology, 15, Shevchenko Str. – will host the presentation of the geoportal pilot version. The project is designed to monitor and analyze drought risks, dry processes in Kazakhstan using data from spaceborne remote sensing and geographic information systems. The primary goal of the geoportal is to provide the Kazakhstani users concerned with user-friendly  information about droughts, the information will be mostly demanded by farmers, decision makers, and professionals involved in the agriculture services.

This product has been developed jointly by JSC "National Center for Space Research and Technology", supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the United States Agency for International Cooperation (USAID).

Kazakhstan is a major exporter of grain. However, almost all agricultural areas of the country are deemed to be critical, which in good years (in terms of meteorological conditions) have high yields, and in dry years may lose a significant part of the crop. Knowledge of drought forecasting features are of great practical importance, since drought may affect the number of exported or imported agricultural products, which in its turn will affect the income of farmers and the state.

The relevance of how to improve monitoring and forecasting drought risks in Kazakhstan can be confirmed by the analysis of the adverse agro-meteorological phenomena and the number of affected farmers in 2005-2008, which showed that atmospheric drought (about 60%) and soil drought (about 20%) appeared to be adverse hydro meteorological phenomena in Kazakhstan. In this case, the geoportal for drought risk monitoring is very important for Kazakhstan, especially in a changing climate, for the timely adoption of measures to mitigate the impact of climate change.

The representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, its agencies, research institutes, international and national experts, as well as other interested parties will attend the launching ceremony of the geoportal.

The workshop Priorities for Adaptation to Climate Change in Kazakhstan will be held on October, 25 in the hotel Kazzhol. The seminar will be attended by UNDP experts of the projects on the preparation of the Seventh National Communication of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as by the adaptation experts in agriculture from Central Asia. This will allow sharing the vision of regional cooperation on adaptation to climate change.

In recent years, frequent natural phenomena have caused many emergency situations. All of these changes should be considered in various climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, utilities, construction, transport, health care, and other areas.

Experts in the field of agriculture, forecasting, space technologies, climate change and hydrometeorology will offer methods and technologies for adaptation to climate change. In addition, experts from "Kazgidromet" will make forecasts for the coming winter in regions of Kazakhstan.

 Media representatives are invited to the geoportal presentation.

Venue and time: October 24, 2016, Conference Hall of the National Center for Space Research and Technology, address: 15, Schevchenko Str., Almaty, from 11.00 till 13.30.

Venue and time: October 25, 2016, Kazzhol Hotel, 127/1, Gogol Str., Almaty, at 9.30

For further information and getting accreditation please contact an expert for information and public relations of the project Seventh National Communication, UNDP, tel: 8-777-767-77-99, sunmo@mail.ru.

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