Tajikistan is a mountainous landlocked country in Central Europe and is endowed with abundant glaciers that cover 6% of its territory, supplying the country and region with valuable water resources. Tajikistan is also considered the most vulnerable country to the impacts of climate change among the 28 Central Asian states. With a population of 7 million and a GDP of US$6.5 billion, it is one of the poorest countries in the region. Over half the population lives in poverty, indicating a low adaptive capacity to the expected effects of climate change. Particularly vulnerable to climate change and variability are the hydropower plants that supply 98% of Tajikistan’s energy; the agriculture and water management sectors; and certain specific social groups, including women and the poor.
...the percent of energy which comes from glacier fed hydropower
Tajikistan is tapping US$47.8 million in grant financing from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) for investments expected to reinvigorate the process of building understanding and capacity on climate change issues and generating an institutional framework to manage, oversee and influence climate change activities in the longer term. The focus areas for Tajikistan’s PPCR investments are climate-proofing key water management and hydroelectric infrastructure, improving institutional capacities for effectively integrating climate resilience into national development and investment planning, and supporting land management measures to enhance rural livelihoods through greater resilience to climate-related shocks. Tajikistan’s PPCR strategic program will be implemented over a five year period, and was designed under the leadership of the government in coordination with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), members of the World bank Group (IBRD, IDA, IFC), and key Tajik stakeholders.