FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
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As countries work to transition to more climate-resilient, sustainable agriculture and food systems, FAO supports their efforts by implementing targeted projects, and helping with access to environmental climate finance from sources such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Priority actions include promoting sustainable use of natural resources, disaster risk reduction and crisis management policies, strengthening capacities in agriculture statistics, and improving agro-meteorology services and early warning systems.

Managing natural resources sustainably and preserving biodiversity in a changing climate

An FAO Regional Initiative

In the Europe and Central Asia region, the agricultural sector is an integral part of economy of many countries. The effects of climate change already can be felt and pose considerable challenges for agricultural production and food security.

Regional Initiative 3 provides a mechanism for support to FAO member countries in building resilience to climate change and natural disasters for sustainable food systems. This promotes achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goals 2, 12, 13 and 15. Specific interventions also address multiple objectives such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Paris Agreement commitments (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs). 

The Initiative also creates the regional mechanisms to assist countries in accessing climate finance, such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF7). 

The Initiative works through three main components: 

1. Policy alignment, coordination and cooperation for sustainable use of natural resources and the integration of climate change and disaster risk reduction. 

2. Provision and collection of data.

3 Capacity development, strengthening national capacities for sustainable approaches to natural resource management, including landscape approach, agroecology, sustainable land use, genetic resources, water management and climate-smart agriculture.

Kyrgyz farmers learn managing multiple risks

GEF-funded projects help natural resources

IPM trainings in Turkey

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