How the European Union (EU) translates its strategic objectives into concrete results on the ground in Tajikistan.
The international community is working together with countries in Central Asia on a flagship programme to find long term solutions to the severe environmental problems related to former uranium mining activities and the resulting legacy of approximately 1 billion tons of highly toxic waste. After 1995 many uranium mines were closed and a considerable number of uranium legacy sites were left without appropriate monitoring and maintenance. The programme fits with the Sustainable Development Goals and national development programs.
Sites are concentrated along the tributaries to the Syr Darya River, which runs through the densely populated Fergana Valley, the agricultural centre of the region shared by Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Failure to contain this toxic will have severe cross-boundary consequences.