UNDP brings a solution in addressing the challenges of environment protection through introducing the waste-management system in Spitamen district, Sughd oblast
August 21, 2014, Khujand – The sorting line for solid waste was launched in “Nau” village of Spitamen district, Sughd oblast with financial support of Department of International Development of the UK Government (DFID), UNDP and contribution of Executive Body of State Power in Sughd Oblast as well as local authority and community.
UNDP Communities Programme brings a solution in addressing interconnected development challenges. The protection of environment and the problem of disposal of house-hold and construction wastes remain one of the global challenges and unfortunately, Tajikistan is not an exception. Given that only 7% of the territory of Tajikistan is land, however the large areas of land are employed for waste discharges and most of them are settled nearby inhabited localities. The Communities Programme introduced waste-management system by providing new technology equipment which will enable to categorize wastes and to employ them for recycling and further usage for the local householders of Spitamen and other districts of Sughd oblast. This Project enhances the capacity of communal services personnel of district and importantly raises awareness of the community on better protection of environment. One of the distinctive features of the Project is that it was prioritized based on the needs of Spitamen district which was listed in its District Development Plan.
The head of Spitamen district highlighted that this Project will not only improve the environment condition of the district but contributes to raise awareness of local population on better protection of environment and conduces to creation of new jobs for local population.
This Project was accomplished in the frame of Rural Growth Programme, initiated and funded by Department of International Development of the UK Government (DFID), UNDP and German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ). The implementation of this sub project was enabled through the established Trust Fund mechanism under the Rural Growth Programme implemented in Sughd Oblast.
The District level Trust Funds were established by UNDP jointly with the Executive Body of State Power in Sughd Oblast for ensuring sustainable development of local economy through selection and implementation of the projects included into district and jamoat development programs. One of the features of this mechanism is that the Executive Body and local community co-share the cost of the projects with UNDP.
Successful implementation of two previous phases of Programme enabled UNDP to receive additional funds from DFID for the implementation of the third phase of Trust Funds mechanism in 2014-2015. The RGP Programme during 2010 – 2013 in Sughd oblast was mainly focused on improving conditions and environment for local economic development, support to income generation and job creation for women and vulnerable groups of population
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