The workshop "Towards a regionally-consistent exposure database for Central Asia: characterizing buildings, infrastructure and croplands in Tajikistan," which takes place virtually on July 27-30, 2021, focuses on data retrieval and usage of up-to-date tools for exposure assessment. The European Union (EU) funded workshop targets policymakers, experts, and practitioners from the Ministries of Tajikistan, as well as national and regional research and academic institutions, and participated by representative from the EU Delegation, other development partners, and World Bank task teams.
Tajikistan is prone to different types of natural hazards, earthquakes, floods, and mudflows, in particular. The country was affected by several strong earthquakes in the past, such as the recent Gorno-Badakhshan 7.2 magnitude earthquake (2015), destroying more than 1,000 dwellings. During the past five years, several floods have caused victims and widespread damage, such as the May 2016 heavy rains in Dushanbe, June 2019 floods at the border with Afghanistan, and June 2019 floods in Khatlon Region. These events and the triggered effects highlight the importance of multi-hazard approaches for improving natural hazard risk mitigation.
The current workshop is the third of a series of five country-based workshops on exposure assessment in Central Asia, to be held in the framework of the project “Regionally consistent risk assessment for earthquakes and floods and selective landslide scenario analysis for strengthening financial resilience and accelerating risk reduction in Central Asia,” implemented by the international consortium led by RED (Risk Engineering + Development). The project aims to support Central Asian countries in building disaster resilience and strengthening capacities for financial protection. The RED-led consortium partnered with the Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower Engineering and Ecology of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan (IWPHE NAST) to organize the workshop on exposure in Tajikistan.
The main objective of the third workshop is to prepare the ground for the development of a harmonized database of structures, infrastructure, and crops assets exposed to devastating natural events, such as earthquakes, floods, and landslides, which are common occurrences in Central Asia and Tajikistan particularly. Therefore, this hands-on workshop will enable attendees from Tajikistan to actively contribute with their expertise to disaster risk reduction in Central Asia.
The consortium will organize two further workshops on exposure in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan by the end of this year. Two previous workshops focused on Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. This series of country-based workshops will build capacities of attending experts, stakeholders, and young professionals about exposure characterization and, most importantly, provide them with the tools needed to develop exposure datasets.
The project is part of the European Union-funded Program “Strengthening Financial Resilience and Accelerating Risk Reduction in Central Asia”, managed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and implemented by the World Bank in close collaboration with the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction (CESDRR). With these workshops the European Union and the World Bank support Central Asian countries in enhancing regional coordination and maximising the impact of national efforts in disaster risk management.
For additional information, please contact:
Ms Chyi-Yun Huang for the World Bank in Central Asia at firstname.lastname@example.org;
Ms. Mahbuba Abdulloeva, Press and Information Officer, EU Delegation to Tajikistan at Mahbuba.ABDULLOEVA@eeas.europa.eu.