Tuesday, June 19, 2012 -
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday that it will assist mountainous Tajikistan in weathering the effects of climate change with a $6 million grant.
The grant will be used to assess climate change in the impoverished state and monitor changes, ADB said in a statement. The bank’s Building Capacity for Climate Resilience program will work with Tajikistan’s Committee of Environmental Protection and the State Hydrometeorological Service.
The funds will also help Tajikistan create a national body to direct finances towards addressing climate change issues in the country.
Tajikistan has experienced an increase in climate change-related incidents in recent years, with more mudslides, floods, and droughts than in previous years.
“Over the short term, the assistance will help develop the technical ability to produce weather forecast and climate change information; while in the longer term, the improved understanding of climate change will increase people’s and institutions’ ability to address its threats,” the director of the bank’s Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division for Central and West Asia said in the statement.