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The weather conditions in Tajikistan have become more severe. Droughts and floods are increasing in frequency.1 Nearly half of Central Asia's water resources begin in the mountains of Tajikistan, and if the glaciers begin to melt at a high rate, then water shortages and water insecurity will drastically increase all throughout the region.2 Tajikistan is heavily reliant on the agricultural sector, which makes up 21% of the country's GDP.3 The resulting soil erosion could wreak havoc on the country's agriculture and the families depending on agriculture for their livelihoods. Tajikistan has partnered with the World Bank to launch projects that will help mitigate the impacts and increase preparation for natural disasters.4

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1 https://www.mottmac.com/article/3391/climate-change-resilience-tajikistan
2 Ibid
3http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2013/10/04/world-bank-helps-communities-adapt-to-climate-change-risks
4 Ibid
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Tajikistan News

International Atomic Energy Agency 
With the support of the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Agency of the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan and the operator of the legacy sites, State-Enterprise TAJREDMET, three international experts visited legacy sites called Map 1-9, Degmay and Taboshar. See more..
RT 
After making a lot of noise in the global MMA community with its ACB 54 event in Manchester, England, Russian promotion Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) is making its way to the capital of Tajikistan for ACB 55 – with yet another talent-packed fight ... See more..
Frontera News 
Tajikistan, the world's leading exporter of suicide bombers to ISIS has the potential to become the next terrorist hotspot as a host of factors converge to put the small Central Asian nation at serious risk. The recent publication of an expanded list ... See more..
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Sputnik International 
According to the release, the drills will be held at training fields of the Tajik Defense Ministry, as well as at the Russian 201st Military Base in Tajikistan. In January, Russian troops deployed at the 201st military base in Tajikistan held counter ... See more..
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty 
State suppression of unofficial Islam, the humiliation of having to work as migrant laborers abroad, and a former special-forces commander flipping to the Islamic State group: these are the main factors behind why Tajikistan finds itself the world's ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
Following January's avalanches, occurring in East and North of Tajikistan, WFP has participated in the Government-led Assessment Situation Review, observing affected areas and evaluating damages. The Tajik Government has warned the humanitarian ... See more..
EurasiaNet 
... occasionally respond to petitioners. One lucky Dushanbe resident has already been admitted for a chat with Emomali. On March 7, US Ambassador to Tajikistan Elisabeth Millard met with the new mayor to “discuss areas of mutual interest and ... See more..
The Diplomat 
Last September, Telia signed an agreement to sell its 60 percent controlling share in Tcell (well, in Central Asian Telecommunications Development B.V.CATD, which controls CJSC “Indigo Tajikistan” (Tcell) to be technical about it ) to the Aga Khan Fund ... See more..
EurasiaNet 
Gulmurod Khalimov (center), a well-known Islamic State commander who served as a high-ranking officer in Tajikistan's OMON riot police before defecting in early 2015. Authorities in Tajikistan have presented a murky, muddled and contradictory public ... See more..
Kaiser Family Foundation 
With USAID support installing inexpensive water systems, rural villages and towns like Khojaabdolon – whose residents comprise 73 percent of the Tajikistan's population — are gaining access to safe drinking water. In collaboration with the government ... See more..
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Geography

Central Asia, west of China, south of Kyrgyzstan
Area

Total 143,100 sq km
Land 141,510 sq km
Water 2,590 sq km

Climate

midlatitude continental, hot summers, mild winters; semiarid to polar in Pamir Mountains ;
Natural Resources

hydropower, some petroleum, uranium, mercury, brown coal, lead, zinc, antimony, tungsten, silver, gold ;
Natural Hazards

earthquakes; floods
Current Environmental Issues

inadequate sanitation facilities; increasing levels of soil salinity; industrial pollution; excessive pesticides ;

Demographics

Nationality
Tajikistani
Population
7,910,041 (July 2013 est.)
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Tajikistan has one of the lowest per capita GDPs among the 15 former Soviet republics. Because of a lack of employment opportunities in Tajikistan, more than one million Tajik citizens work abroad, almost all of them in Russia, supporting families in Tajikistan through remittances. Less than 7% of the land area is arable. Cotton is the most important crop, and its production is closely monitored, and in many cases controlled, by the government. In the wake of the National Bank of Tajikistan's admission in December 2007 that it had improperly lent money to investors in the cotton sector, the IMF ...See More canceled its program in Tajikistan. A reform agenda is underway, according to which over half a billion dollars in farmer debt has been forgiven, and IMF assistance has been reinstated. Mineral resources include silver, gold, uranium, and tungsten. Industry consists mainly of a large aluminum plant, hydropower facilities, and small obsolete factories mostly in light industry and food processing. The civil war (1992-97) severely damaged the already weak economic infrastructure and caused a sharp decline in industrial and agricultural production. Tajikistan's economic situation remains fragile due to uneven implementation of structural reforms, corruption, weak governance, seasonal power shortages, and the external debt burden. Electricity output expanded with the completion of the Sangtuda-1 hydropower dam - finished in 2009 with Russian investment. The smaller Sangtuda-2, built with Iranian investment, began operating in 2012. The government of Tajikistan is pinning major hopes on the massive Roghun dam which, if finished according to Tajik plans, will be the tallest dam in the world and significantly expand electricity output. The World Bank is funding two feasibility studies for the dam (technical-economic, and social-environmental), scheduled to be completed in mid-2013. In January 2010, the government began selling shares in the Roghun enterprise to its population, ultimately raising over $180 million but Tajikistan will still need significant investment to complete the dam. According to numerous reports, many Tajik individuals and businesses were forced to buy shares. The coerced share sales finally ended in mid-2010 under intense criticism from donors, particularly the IMF. Food and fuel prices in 2011 increased to the highest levels seen since 2002 due in part to an increase in rail transport tariffs through Uzbekistan. Tajikistan imports approximately 60% of its food and 90% of that comes by rail. Uzbekistan closed one of the rail lines into Tajikistan in late 2011, hampering the transit of goods to and from the southern part of the country. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$18.04 billion (2012 est.); $16.78 billion (2011 est.); $15.63 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

13.4% of GDP (2012 est.); 17.4% of GDP (2011 est.); 16% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

cotton, grain, fruits, grapes, vegetables; cattle, sheep, goats
Industries

aluminum, cement, vegetable oil