IOM Tajikistan Today
Community Stabilization Projects
Strengthening Disaster Response Capacities of the Government of Tajikistan
Tajikistan is rugged mountainous country prone to frequent natural disaster, such as earthquakes of varying degrees, severe winter conditions, heavy snow and rain falls resulting mudslides, floods and avalanches.
Within the period from 2000 to 2007, natural disasters have killed 243 people and have caused a total damage of more than 280 million US Dollars in Tajikistan. These natural phenomena affected mainly the rural vulnerable population.
The lack of national capacity in hazard identification, mitigation and preparedness mean that disasters continue to have a devastating impact on communities, taking lives, destroying infrastructure and preventing further economic development and slowing overall developmental efforts in the country.
In response to this situation, IOM through the support of the Government of Japan implemented a nine-month project designed to support the Government of Tajikistan setup a robust disaster response coordination mechanism by establishing an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) under the Committee on Emergency Situations and strengthen capacities for education and training of the concerned state structures.
Opening of the Emergency Operations Centre
The Operational Strategy 2012-2015 identifies the key thematic challenges and priorities guiding IOM's programmatic interventions in Tajikistan in the upcoming years.