Strengthening Capacity for an Environmental Information Management and Monitoring System in Tajikistan

What is the Project about?

The project is strategic in that it responds to a targeted set of underlying barriers to environmental management towards the goal of meeting and sustaining global environmental outcomes.  Specifically, the project will catalyze cooperation and coordination that has previously been limited by narrow institutional mandates and obsolete methods of analysis and decision-making.  This project will facilitate new partnerships between policy and decision-makers across environmental focal areas and socio-economic sectors while actively engaging other key non-governmental stakeholders.  This project is innovative and transformative in that environmental and resource management at the sub-national level lacks institutional authority in the baseline.  The strategic value of the project lies in developing technical capacities on how to structure and implement policy interventions that better respond to Rio Convention obligations.

Project goals and objectives

The goal of this project is to strengthen capacity for environmental monitoring and information management in Tajikistan in order to improve the reporting process to the Rio Conventions and ensure sustainable development through better environmental policy.  The project’s strategy emphasizes a long-term approach to institutionalizing capacities to meet MEA obligations through a set of learn-by-doing activities that lay the foundation for effective decision-making and policy-making regarding global environmental benefits. 

The overall project’s objective is to improve institutional and technical capacities to meet and sustain the objectives of the three Rio Conventions and other MEAs.  Specifically, this will be carried out by targeting and training government staff at the local, regional and national levels on the specific interpretation of Rio Convention provisions as they apply to their respective roles and responsibilities to implement associated development policies. Short-term objective: Strengthening the capacity for environmental monitoring and information management in Tajikistan in order to improve the reporting process to the Rio Conventions and ensure sustainable development through better environmental policy.

Project Outcomes

At the end of the project, activities will have resulted in a set of improved institutional and technical capacities to meet and sustain Rio Convention objectives.  Specifically, the project will have developed a set of indicators for monitoring and measuring global environmental impacts and trends within the framework of interventions to meet sustainable development objectives.  This will include strengthening an integrated and coordinated management system for collecting data and information, as well as for the development of a decision support system for creating knowledge relevant to Tajikistan. Trainings provide on the set of skills necessary to use this Environmental Information Management and Decision Support System (EIMDSS).  This will include collecting data, basic analysis for creating information, and modeling to create knowledge to mainstream Rio Conventions into sustainable development plans. 

Training will include learn-by-doing activities and the use of actual revision and/or formulation of priority sectoral development plans as a means to test the EIMDSS.  A third outcome serves to strengthen the institutional sustainability of Rio Convention mainstreaming by engaging larger numbers of existing and potential stakeholders on the inherent linkages and potential and anticipated impacts and trends as a result of unbridled development. 

This project will be implemented in three  linked components:

  1. Strengthened integrated and coordinated environmental information management and decision support system
  2. Strengthened institutional and technical capacities for creating knowledge to mainstream and measure global environmental impacts and trends within sustainable development plans
  3. Broader public awareness and environmental education on the complex linkages between global environmental and sustainable development objectives

Project expected results

·         Decree of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan #791 dated from December 31, 2014 “On the Order of organization of the state system of environmental monitoring of the Republic of Tajikistan and the procedure of conducting the state register of environmental monitoring facilities of the Republic of Tajikistan”

·         Order of the Chairman of Committee of Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan #4 dated from January 20, 2015 "On establishment of Inter-Agency Commission on environmental information monitoring system in the Republic of Tajikistan“

  • Currently, by the effort of the Project on the basis of the Law of the Republic of Tajikistan “On Environmental Monitoring” the Government Decree #791 has been adopted at 31.12.2014 that defines state authorities on organizing and conducting environmental monitoring.
  • Based on this Decree by the Order of Chairman on 2015 the Inter-Agency Commission on Environmental Monitoring has been established that till now has conducted one main (August 2016) and one preliminary meetings where the following has been discussed:
  • Adoption of Action Plan on implementation of Decree #791;
  • Establishment of the inter-agency collaboration on implementation of EIMS;
  • Identification of new reporting forms (templates, data sheets) under the EIMS.
  • Adoption of Environmental indicators of monitoring and assessment:
    • Air pollution and ozone depletion
    • Climate change
    • Water resources
    • Biodiversity
    • Land resources
    • Transportation
    • Waste management

Project partners

  • Committee for Environmental Protection and its regional departments
  • Agency on Hydrometeorology
  • Ministry of Agriculture 
  • State agency on Land management and Geodesy
  • Ministry of Economy and Trade
  • Academy of Sciences
  • Forestry Agency
  • Statistic Agency
  • Ministry of Energy and Water Resources
  • Ministry of Industry and new technologies
  • Conventional Focal Points
  • International NGOs
  • UNDP Poverty and Environment Programme

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