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Creating a greater understanding of climate change impacts in Tajikistan

Tajikistan is ranked as the most vulnerable country in the Europe and Central Asia Region to the impacts of climate change.

Tuesday 26 January 2021, Mihaela Vocila

Last week, IMC Worldwide held its first technical workshop under the World Bank financed project Assessment of Economics Impacts from Disasters Along Key Corridors in Tajikistan.

With this workshop, IMC experts are introducing the methodology used in the programme study related to the inspection of roads across the country, to Ministry of Transport engineers. The study has included inspections of sites suspected of being subject to one or more disaster risks, across around 2,000 km of the road network.

The workshop expects to create greater understanding of the issues related to disaster resilience across Tajikistan’s road network, identification of potential mitigating measures and a better understanding of their use and an understanding of the likely costs of providing adequate mitigation measures across the road network.

Participants in our first online workshop with colleagues in the UK and Tajikistan

Tajikistan’s topographical features and unique terrain make it vulnerable to multiple natural disasters. Climate change is expected to increase the occurrence of events linked to hydrometeorological conditions.

Additionally, given its geographic characteristics, Tajikistan’s regional and international connectivity is severely constrained by exposure to various natural hazards. A recent study on global multi-hazard risk analysis of road and railway infrastructure assets also revealed that Tajikistan ranks the 11th in the world (and 1st among Central Asian countries) in Expected Annual Damages (EAD) due to direct damage to road and railway assets as percentage of its GDP .

Under this project, IMC experts, together with our local partners and under the lead of the Team Leader, James Reeves, are working to quantitatively assess the economic impacts of hazards such as landslides, rock falls, mudflows, debris flows, flash flood, and avalanches.

The objective is to inform the World Bank’s strategy for engagement and dialogue with the Republic of Tajikistan on disaster risk management and inform and enable the World Bank to initiate a policy dialogue.

If you would like to hear more about this project or to learn more about our work in Central Asia please get in touch.

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