Khujand, 15 March 2019 – A two-day training on flood risk management was held on 14-15 March in Khujand for Syr-Darya River Basin stakeholders, including land owners, businesses, government officials and emergency officers. The training was organized in the framework of the UNDP’s Swiss funded Disaster Risk Management Programme, jointly with National Water Resource Management Project in Tajikistan.

The goal of the training was to lead to an initial set of actions to decrease the risk of water related disasters in the Syr Darya River Basin.

The programme covered concepts of disaster risk management, flood risk assessment, the Unified State System on Preparedness and Response to the Emergency Situations, the ongoing water sector reform process, the National Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019-2030, eco-system flood management options and flood management responsibilities.

Gender, age and health issues and their relevance to flood management were also highlighted during the course.

More than 20 representatives of Syr-Darya River Basin (water users), the Aksu and Isfana Watershed Dialogues (land owners

and businesses in these watersheds), local government officials from the districts located on the basin, the National Water Resource Management Project, Department for Land Reclamation and Irrigation of Sughd Province, and representatives of the Committee of Emergency Situation and Civil Defense of Tajikistan.

The training was part of an effort to improve flood planning under the water sector reform currently taking place in Tajikistan.

The training was supported by UNDP Tajikistan under the Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance in Tajikistan project, in partnership with the Committee for Emergency and Civil Defence of Tajikistan, Agency for Land Reclamation and Irrigation of Tajikistan and in collaboration with National Water Resource Management Project, implemented by Helvetas, ACTED, and GIZ. Both projects are funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

For additional information please contact: Ms. Khursheda Aknazarova, Project Analyst, UNDP Disaster Risk Management Programme. Tel: +992(44) 6005909; Email: khursheda.aknazarova@undp.org

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