GEF, PPCR Support Climate Risk and Land Management Project in Tajikistan

World Bank29 March 2013: The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$14.85 million grant for the Tajikistan Environmental Land Management and Rural Livelihoods Project, which aims to assist communities in Tajikistan to develop climate-resilient policies.

The project emphasizes three main areas of work: rural production and land resource management investments; knowledge management and institutional support; and project management and coordination.

The grant is funded by the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience of the Strategic Climate Fund (PPCR) within the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund, which are contributing US$9.45 million and US$5.4 million respectively.

According to the World Bank, Tajikistan is considered the most vulnerable country to the impacts of climate change in the European and Central Asian region. Agriculture is particularly sensitive to climate change, as it accounts for 64% of the country's employment. The project focuses on helping farmers enhance the effectiveness of sustainable production and land management practices, incorporating adaptation policies.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are also involved in the project. [World Bank Press Release] [Project Documents] [PPCR Website]