As a consequence of climate change, Afghanistan has seen a reduction of underground water, experienced severe drought throughout the country and suffered the effects of extreme heat. Due to global warming, the weather extremes are set to worsen in the coming years, if mitigation and adaptation measures are not put in place. The EU supports Afghanistan in its efforts to tackle climate change by bringing together both the authorities and civil society, as well as the private sector and media, to discuss the environmental challenges.
There is increased awareness of the disastrous effects climate change has brought on the Central Asian countries. The scope for the use of renewable energy still has to be explored, but with increasing support also from the international community, the combat against the effects of climate change continues as a common cause and unifying factor throughout Afghan society.
The discussion was the third part of the Serena Dialogue process conducted by the European Union Delegation to Afghanistan. The topic refers to the multifaceted impact of climate change on the country, represented on the occasion by the Director General of the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) Shah Zaman Maiwandi. The Delegation will continue to arrange public debates on a range of topics that contribute to the peace process. The next debate is foreseen for the end of the year.