Environmental Performance Reviews: Tajikistan

Third Review

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The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Environmental Performance Review Programme assesses progress made by individual countries in reconciling their economic and social development with environmental protection, as well as in meeting international commitments on environment and sustainable development. The Environmental Performance Review Programme assists countries to improve their environmental policies by making concrete recommendations for better policy design and implementation. Environmental Performance Reviews help to integrate environmental policies into sector-specific policies such as those in agriculture, energy, transport and health. Through the peer review process, the reviews promote dialogue among Governments about the effectiveness of environmental policies as well as the exchange of practical experience in implementing sustainable development and green economy initiatives. They also promote greater Government accountability to the public. The present publication contains the third Environmental Performance Review of Tajikistan. The report takes stock of progress made by the country in the management of its environment since 2010. It also covers issues of specific importance to the country related to legal and policy frameworks, the financing of environmental policies, greening the economy, and integrating environmental concerns into selected sectors, in particular air protection, water management, waste management, biodiversity, forests and protected areas, agriculture, energy, industry, transport, health and risk management of natural and technological hazards. Suggestions for strengthening efforts towards a comprehensive and systemic response to sustainable development challenges are also provided The publication is aimed at officials and experts working for public authorities responsible for environmental policy, representatives of civil society, the business community, academia and the media.



Management of disaster risk associated with natural and man-made hazards

Tajikistan is affected by geophysical and meteorological hazards. Many of the meteorological disasters are linked to spring thaw and precipitation and consequently occur between March and June. Fog occurs mostly during the cold season of the year. Dust storms are mainly observed in the country’s southern desert and semi-desert region and can give rise to haze. The number of days with dust storms and haze in the country has declined in recent years due to an increase in irrigated land and a reduction in the intrusion of cold air masses from the west and north-west.


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