To say that Tajikistan is prone to natural disasters is to understate the issue. Approximately 93% of the country is classified as mountainous. Much of it exists along a seismic rift. The frequency of disasters has only risen because of climate change.
As a consequence, the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) – one of the districts where AKDN works – is extremely vulnerable to flooding, mudslides, rock falls, avalanches, landslides and earthquakes. Many communities within GBAO are also located in remote areas, making disaster relief efforts extremely difficult and often dangerous.
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) has been active in Tajikistan since 1997. Its major efforts concentrate on fostering disaster resilience in isolated mountain communities, strengthening the communities’ capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters, and enhancing the local and national government’s capability to assess, prepare for and respond to natural disasters in a timely and effective manner.
By applying a community-based approach and partnering with the Government of Tajikistan‘s Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence (CoES CD), as well as other non-governmental agencies, AKAH Tajikistan seeks to reduce the risk of hazards and disasters that threaten local communities.