Tajikistan: Climate Change and the Water Crisis in Central Asia


16 October 2011




38.861 / 71.2761

This project includes (1) the provision of  200 hand pumps, several large pumped water systems, 11 gravity-fed water systems, several rooftop water harvesting systems in schools and over 600 household water storage cisterns, altogether supplying water to 45,000 people in 28 villages; (2) the introduction of new drought-resistant and less water-thirsty plants, rain-fed cultivation technologies, greenhouses and irrigation systems to help agricultural activities withstand drought; (3) the creation of community-based organizations that can not only address ongoing food and income problems, but also serve as key players in emergencies including floods, droughts and landslides; and (4) the launching of a disaster-preparedness program in the 15 most vulnerable villages. At a regional level, Oxfam has begun to address the problem of five central Asian nations sharing common water supplies by encouraging debate among members of local civil society on how Tajikistan can manage its water resources fairly and efficiently, not only at national level but also regionally, with its neighbours.

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