The ICRC in Tajikistan and the Committee for Religious Affairs jointly organized a two-day workshop on the role of religious leaders in emergencies on from 11 to 12 October 2017.
Due to its geographical location, Tajikistan is highly prone to natural disasters, with over 100 incidents occurring every year. The workshop was organized to raise awareness of disaster preparedness for the potential community participants in relief efforts, and to consider them in the analysis, preparedness and response.
On 29 November 2017, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Tajikistan handed over 13 vehicles to Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense (CoES) under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan to increase capacities of Search and Rescue (SAR) Teams on immediate emergency response and evacuation.
This vehicle handover was held within the framework of “Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Capacities” project supported by the Government of Japan.
One of the key areas of intervention of ACTED in Tajikistan is integrated natural resources management with a focus on climate change adaptation. Thanks to its long-term presence in the Zarafshan region, ACTED could react quickly to flooding and landslide risks last summer and implemented a START-funded anticipation project, which preserved communities from disasters.
DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has joined forces with microfinance provider IMON International (MDO IMON) and the local cooperating partners to launch its first cash assistance project in Tajikistan.
The project is designed to benefit 500 vulnerable families in Shahritus and Balkhi districts in the south of the country. The aim is to build the resilience of communities exposed to frequent natural shocks while providing better assistance to vulnerable and food-insecure families.
How simple stones can protect hundreds of lives
One of the key areas of intervention of ACTED in Tajikistan is integrated natural resources management with a focus on climate change adaption. Thanks to its long-term presence in the Zarafshan region, ACTED could react quickly to flooding and landslide risks last summer and implemented a START-funded anticipation project, which preserved communities from disasters. Find out more about our community-based anticipation strategies.
Tajikistan vulnerable to climate change
A HAZARDOUS LANDSCAPE
The Government of Tajikistan approved the Strategy of Sustainable Development of School Meals on September 28. WFP jointly with Social Industrial Foodservice Institute among other partners supports the government to elaborate a plan on implementation of the strategy.
WFP presented the goals and objectives of USAID funded project on prevention and treatment of malnutrition programme in Khatlon regional nutrition forum.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
A pioneering partnership between UNHCR and the Sheraton Hotel is helping refugees to learn job skills.
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan – Young refugees pass through the plush lobby and gleaming kitchens of the Sheraton Hotel in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, where they are learning the essentials of the hospitality industry at a renowned five-star hotel.
Nargis Alinazar Timuri, a determined 27-year-old Afghan refugee, has been assigned to the housekeeping department.
On the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, celebrated on 12 October on the initiative of the United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), ACTED Tajikistan teams shared some thoughts to relate about their activities in the country to prevent water-related disasters.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Total cereal production in 2017 estimated close to last five-year average
Wheat imports in 2017/18 marketing year forecast to decline from previous year
Prices of wheat flour remained stable in August
Total cereal production in 2017 estimated close to average
• Bilateral training held for 6 districts and local authorities, 9 Aarhus Centres and media professionals
• 330 persons trained in rural communities
• 400 copies of public education materials distributed to residents
• Riverbed flood risk mitigation activity conducted
• Equipment provided to volunteer rescue teams in partner communities
Glass Half Full: Ensuring Greater Access to Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Households in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, September 20, 2017 - Tajikistan has made significant progress over the past decade in providing access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for its citizens. However, many challenges remain. This is especially true in rural areas where only about one-third of households have access to clean drinking water sources on their premises, compared with more than 87% in urban areas.
How ACTED trained villagers in Tajikistan to prepare for natural disasters
In reaction to a natural disaster risk assessment conducted in the village of Bobuchak, ACTED, together with Helvetas and GIZ, adopted an original approach to reduce risks and build preparedness of the community.
Sughd Province, Tajikistan, 14 September, 2017.
On the September 13th , 2017, UNDP Tajikistan together with the SDC funded National Water Resource Management Project, implemented by the HELVETAS Consortium (Helvetas, ACTED, and GIZ) held a pilot Workshop on Flood Management Planning in Khujand, Sughd Province.
A Changing Climate – And Growing Risk
The deep irony of climate change is that the countries least responsible for its causes will suffer the most from its effects. Nowhere in Central Asia is this truer than in Tajikistan, a heavily mountainous region with a population of 8.5 million and a high vulnerability to climate-induced shocks like droughts, flooding, landslides, and more.
- Food Security situation in Tajikistan has steadily exacerbated in the past four years with the highest prevalence of food insecurity observed in May 2017. Households in this monitoring period are also marked with the highest percentage of food expenditure.
- While the food insecurity gap between male and female headed households has narrowed, the food insecurity level for both groups is the highest since 2014.
- Increased use of food consumption-based coping strategy may indicate a deterioration of food security in Tajikistan.
Following the joint assessment conducted with the Committee for Emergency Situations (CoES), WFP Tajikistan provided immediate food assistance to the households affected by mudflows in Panjakent on June 29-30.
WFP Tajikistan signed a contribution agreement for allocation of USD 1,250,000 from USAID for implementation of the Prevention and Treatment of Moderate Acute Malnutrition project in the country. USAID has confirmed allocation of USD 400,000 for 2017-2018 and pledged the remaining USD 850,000 for 2018-2020.
NO AFFECTED AREAS OR DAMAGE DETECTED
In Tajikistan the season for mudslides has started with severe mudslides in the municipalities Garm, Remon and Maksezat on the 3rd of July 2017. Extensive damage to infrastructure, including housing, roads and water supply has been reported.