The Central Asia Regional Consultation on Evaluating Climate Change and Development opened in Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan, on 29th November 2007. This event was organized by the Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in the framework of its International Workshop on Evaluating Climate Change and Development, scheduled for May 2008 in Alexandria, Egypt. Climate change specialists from different Central Asian countries and Slovakia have gathered in the capital to share regional experiences in the evaluation of climate change projects and programs.
The consultation was opened by Mr. Alzhan Braliev, Vice-Minister of Environmental Protection of Kazakhstan and GEF Operational Focal Point, who thanked organizers for selecting Astana as venue for this event. The GEF Evaluation Office was represented by Mr. Oswaldo Gomez Rodriguez (firstname.lastname@example.org), on behalf of its Director, Mr. Robert D. van den Berg. Its input was coordinated by Mr. Talaibek Makeev (TMakeyev@carec.kz), Executive Director of the Central Asian Regional Environmental Center (www.carec.kz), who will be chairing the two sessions of this consultation. CAREC is partnering with the Evaluation Office in the organization of this event.
The International Program Evaluation Network (IPEN) active in Central Asia was represented by Jamila Asanova who welcomed this first stage of collaboration opportunities with the GEF Evaluation Office, in the context of the forthcoming International Workshop in Alexandria, Egypt.
The Agenda for the Regional Consultation includes sessions on the evaluation of adaptation and mitigation projects/programs in the region and is expected to promote sharing of information on methodologies used for evaluation, sectors/areas that have been evaluated, as well as those which may require evaluation in the future.
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