Environmental Performance Reviews: Tajikistan

First Review

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Environmental Performance Reviews promote sustainable development throughout Europe. They present detailed studies on the environmental position of each country and examine the framework for environmental policy and management. This evaluation focuses on Tajikistan.

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Poverty, environment and economy

Any analysis of the environmental situation in Tajikistan needs to take into account the overall economic development of the country and the living conditions of its people. Environment, economic development and poverty in Tajikistan are clearly interlinked. Tajikistan’s poor are highly dependent on natural resources for their livelihood and are amongst the most affected by environmental imbalances, in particular desertification, contamination of water sources and the consequences of natural disasters, including droughts and floods. At the same time, Tajikistan’s poor are often the unwitting agents of environmental degradation. For lack of alternatives, people pollute water resources with household rubbish and waste water, cut already scarce forest resources for firewood, and attempt to keep herds of livestock that exceed the carrying capacity of the land.

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