Tajikistan will protect its natural resources and build climate resilience with World Bank support

DUSHANBE — The World Bank’s Board of Directors has approved a $45 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) for the RESILAND CA+ program: Tajikistan’s Resilient Landscape Restoration Project. The objective of the project is to support sustainable land management in Tajikistan and promote collaboration with Central Asian countries on transboundary landscape restoration. This is the first project under the Restoration of Resilient Landscapes in Central Asia (RESILAND CA+) program of the World Bank.

“More than 70% of Tajikistan’s population lives in rural areas and is highly dependent on natural resources, including forests, pastures, water and agricultural land,” said Ozan Sevimli, Country Director of the World Bank. for Tajikistan. “The project will introduce modern approaches and climate-smart practices in the management of forests, rangelands and croplands to help restore natural resources and improve people’s livelihoods.

The Central Asian drylands are among the most rapidly degrading and climate-vulnerable regions of the world. The region is prone to intense weather events and natural disasters, which are expected to worsen due to climate change.

Since 1990, degradation-related disasters have affected the lives of more than 10 million people in Central Asia and caused damage worth about $2.5 billion. In Tajikistan alone, the increased frequency of landslides and mudslides has resulted in an economic cost of around $750 million over the past decade. At least 10% of Tajikistan’s population lives on degraded land, while soil erosion affects about 70% of arable land. Tajikistan’s limited forest cover is rapidly shrinking due to overexploitation and uncontrolled grazing.

The World Bank’s Restoration of Resilient Landscapes in Central Asia Program (RESILAND CA+ Program) was established in 2019 to provide Central Asian countries with a regional landscape restoration framework to increase the resilience of regional landscapes.

In Tajikistan, the project will invest in forest and rangeland management and restoration, climate-smart agricultural practices, knowledge exchange and capacity building, and sustainable management of protected areas. It will also help align policies and implementation frameworks for forests, rangelands and protected areas with international standards and obligations.

These activities are designed to improve rural livelihoods through land-based restoration and conservation activities, while investing in climate change mitigation and adaptation. At the regional level, the project will contribute to improving the connectivity and integrity of natural resources across borders (including biodiversity), increasing the resilience of key regional infrastructure such as roads and protecting the livelihoods of communities. of the hallway.

The project will support Tajikistan’s global climate commitments, including the 2018 Bonn Challenge to restore 66,000 hectares of degraded forest land by 2030, and the 2018 Astana Resolution on Enhanced Cooperation for landscape restoration in Central Asia.

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