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  • Multi-hazard Risk Assessment at District Level in Tajikistan
    Jan 15, 2019

    Tajikistan is a landlocked nation located in central Asia with a total population of approximately 8.7 million as of 2016. The steep, mountainous terrain that is characteristic of the country lends itself to be prone to natural disasters including mudflows, drought, earthquake, landslide, avalanches and sand/windstorms. In the eighteen-year span from 1997 to 2014 damages to infrastructure and livelihood attributed to disaster amounted to over half-a-billion USD.

  • Saves Lives, Builds a Future
    Jun 13, 2018

    This story is about the hazard posed by antipersonnel mines located close to the pastures, hills and farm fields of the village Qizilpilol, Isfara district. The village lies on Tajikistan’s border with Uzbekistan and inhabitants of this village represent two friendly nations – Tajik and Uzbek. Historically, they are closely related by traditions and customs. The first antipersonnel explosion in Qizilpilol was in the summer of 2000 and it involved six local women and girls. Out of the six victims, two of them – a mother and daughter – survived. At that time inhabitants of the border village had not any information about mine affected area.

  • A Survivor’s Success Story, Sadafmo Rahmatova
    Jun 13, 2018

    Tajikistan is one of the 26 State Parties to sign the Mine Ban Treaty with a significant number of mine survivors and “with greatest responsibility to act, but also the greatest needs and expectations for assistance” in providing adequate services for the care, rehabilitation and reintegration of survivors (First Review Conference, Nairobi, 2005).

  • Landmines affect communities
    Jun 13, 2018

    During the civil war (1993-1997) some parts of Tajikistan’s territory were contaminated by landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW). Dashti Yazgulom, an area in Vanj district of Badakhshan Province, with relatively large agricultural lands, as well as lands for pasture, collecting wood and other domestic activities, was contaminated by landmines and ERW in 1993-1995. About 800,000 m² (80 hectares) of land was contaminated by landmines and ERW causing three people to be injured in this area. The last accident took place in 2005. Due to landmines and ERW, the local population could not use these lands for more than 10 years.

  • Community Resilience to Disasters through Micro-Loan Supported Risk Management Funds
    Jun 13, 2018

    Tajikistan constantly experiences disasters. In many cases, these disasters affect a relatively small number of households. However, the high rate of rural poverty together with limited local government resources, mean even small disasters have correspondingly large impacts on community lives and livelihoods. Tajik households are often affected by largely avoidable disasters, where the lack of funds to manage the hazards is a significant contributory factor to the occurrence of these disasters.

  • Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management in Tajikistan
    Jun 13, 2018

    Tajikistan is subject to a range of disasters, including earthquakes, floods, mudflows, avalanches, drought, and epidemics. Between 1997 and 2011, losses related to disasters exceeded $US 353 million. Given the impact of disasters on the lives of the population and the development of Tajikistan, UNDP Tajikistan has been supporting the Government of Tajikistan in building capacities to manage risks at the national and local levels since 2003. Key capacity building activities over the last decade have focused on information management and analysis, search and rescue, and improving and expanding disaster risk management training for government officials and in the education system.

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