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Technical support for the government in the identification of technology needs

This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Clean water and sanitation

Clean water and sanitation

Affordable and clean energy

Affordable and clean energy

Climate action

Climate action

This Technology Transfer Advances Afghanistan's

  • Nationally Determined Contribution to "Identify and mainstream climate change adaptation technologies into the sectoral policies, strategies and development plans, and promotion of regional and international cooperation and coordination for adaptation technology transfer ".


As a mountainous country, with dry lands and frequent droughts, Afghanistan experiences increasing extreme weather that affect the availability of water, threatening the supply of drinking water, as well as crop production, very much dependent on irrigation. Afghanistan has also a good potential for generating renewable energies, such as hydropower, solar and wind energy to contribute to reduce climate change and pave the way for a low-carbon development. The government therefore seeks to identify the appropriate technologies to disseminate in the country to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate.

Technology Request

In order to develop its mitigation and adaptation options to climate change impacts, the government of Afghanistan asked CTCN for assistance in identifying technology  needs  in  its three most  vulnerable  sectors, according to its National  Adaptation Programme of Action.

CTCN Support

The CTCN and partner United Nations Environment Programme, with the expertise of the UN Environment Post Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, worked with the National Environment Protection Agency and other ministries to identify and advocate for suitable technologies for ow-carbon and climate resilient development in agriculture, water, and energy. Furthermore the assistance reuslted in:   

  • Development of a planning roadmap for mainstreaming climate technology priorities in key sectors
  • Development of three project  concepts,  namely  a “Renewable Energy and Sustainable Rural Electrification Support  Program”;  a  “Forestry  Institutions,  Restoration and Science Technology for Afghanistan” project; and a “Climate Early Warning Integrated Mountain System and Ecological Observatory”
  • Briefing  papers  and  training  materials  to  build  capacity  of  policy makers   and   other   key   stakeholders   to   incorporate   climate technology priorities into national planning 
  • Increased national capacity to identify climate technology priorities and access investment and funding for climate technology in Afghanistan

For further details, please see Documents section below.

Relevant Technologies and Approaches

Expected Impact

  • Compendium of climate technology options
  • Technology project concepts
  • Planning roadmap for mainstreaming climate technology priorities
  • Strengthened political will and support for mitigation and adaptation technologies
  • Strengthened understanding of mitigation and adaptation technologies among policymakers, and therefore created a strong basis in the country for conducting the TNA/TAP and for the implementation of new technology initiatives to support sustainable development in Afghanistan. 
  • The government of Afghanistan now has at its disposal a compendium of  technologies that can be instrumental to implementing its Nationally Determined Contributions. The roadmap and capacity building will inform new policies to be developed and will provide a solid basis for the country to conduct a Technology Needs Assessment and Technology Action Plan in 2017.

Country Partners

Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority; Ministry of Agriculture; Ministry of Economy; Ministry of Energy and Water; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.