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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.

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Agriculture and environment

Mountains and hilly country account for 93 per cent of Tajikistan’s territory. Altitude varies between 320 m and 7,495 m, which explains the wide diversity in soil and climate conditions and consequently diverse habitats, flora and fauna. More than half of the territory is at an altitude of more than 3,000 m and, due to its extreme climatic conditions, landscapes with rocks, glaciers and highlands are not suitable for agriculture.

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