Enhancing Climate Resilience in the Agricultural Sector in Southern Ukraine

Enhancing Climate Resilience in  the Agricultural Sector  in Southern Ukraine

Source of funding

Japan

Name of client/donor

Embassy of Japan in Hungary

Overall project value

EUR 67,914

Date

January 2015 – March 2016

Beneficiary countries

Ukraine

Number of staff

5

Historically, Ukraine is well known for its fertile soils and agricultural production. Ukraine has huge agricultural potential, making an essential contribution to global food security. However, the changes in weather patterns, the rise in average temperatures and the uneven distribution of precipitation that are now being experienced may result in the dramatic transformation of a vast proportion of Ukraine's climatic and agricultural zones. In line with international processes, there is an urgent need in Ukraine to enhance climate change adaptation in specific areas of the national economy, including agriculture.

The project contributed to filling the knowledge gap in terms of agricultural practices to combat climate change in agriculture in Southern Ukraine. It also facilitated the shaping of appropriate adaptation policies at regional and local levels. The aim was to enhance capacities for adaptation-related issues in the agricultural sector, focusing on plant production and livestock, and to promote sustainable agricultural practices in vulnerable areas of Ukraine (Odessa, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia regions). As the promotion of sustainable agriculture techniques and policies has an impact on the reduction of greenhouse gases, the project also involved climate change mitigation aspects.

The project was divided into two main components. Under the first component, a background paper was drafted to provide useful information for decision makers and practitioners, including basic background knowledge related to observed and projected changes in temperature and precipitation and the need for climate change adaptation, and to offer guidance in the shaping of adaptation strategies focusing on the agricultural sector. The second component involved the organisation of a regional workshop at which the background paper was discussed, along with the views of international and national experts on agriculture-related adaptation.

The background paper, drafted by Ukrainian experts, focused on the experienced impacts of climate change on four types of crops and livestock; and the use/feasibility of climate change-resilient agricultural practices in Southern Ukraine. The paper analysed the present situation; identified the main problems and challenges; and provided guidelines and recommendations for decision makers.

The regional workshop was dedicated to the presentation of the experienced impacts of climate change in agriculture and current agricultural policies and practices used in the region, and addressed the problems and challenges identified in the background paper. Options and possibiities for greenhouse gas emissions reductions through organic agriculture were introduced and discussed, and international good practices and initiatives in terms of climate change resilience were presented and exchanged. Participants included national and regional decision makers, representatives of regional and local authorities, NGOs, practitioners, and international and national experts. The event contributed to raising awareness among local stakeholders of the agricultural aspects of climate change and to deepening their knowledge and understanding of the issues.

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