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News: September 2009


Source: Asia Plus, 7.09.2009

A three-day training seminar on raising populations awareness of environmental protection is going on in Sughds Konibodom district.

Organized by the branch of the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia, the event brought together more than 500 people from all six jamoats of the district. The seminar is part of the Ferghana Valley Water Resources management Project for Tajikistan, which is financed by the International Development Association of World Bank.

The seminar participants have considered issues related to promoting and supporting environmental awareness and mobilizing civil society to enhance the environmental protection situation, Ms. Malika Bobojonova, the chairperson of the branch of the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia said.

The Ferghana Valley Water Resources Management Project for Tajikistan objectives are: i) to improve the capacity for increased irrigated agriculture productivity in the Ferghana Valley by improving land and water management, and (ii) to improve safety and regulation of the Qayroqqum Dam and Reservoir. The project consists of the following components: Component 1) will finance design and works for rehabilitation of pumped and gravity irrigation and drainage systems serving some 30,000 ha of farm land in the Konibodom and Bobojonghafurov districts. Component 2) will fund (i) design and works related to rehabilitation of the Qayroqqum Reservoir dykes in Konibodom and Bobojonghafurov districts, and (ii) technical studies, dredging and other equipment and instrumentations, and minor works to increase operational performance and improve management of the Qayroqqum Dam and Reservoir. Component 3) will fund the necessary institutional capacity building for (i) establishment of Water Users Associations (WUAs), (ii) improving agricultural productivity and achieving more efficient water use patterns, and (iii) ensuring proper environmental impact mitigating measures. Component 4) will fund assistance to the central Project Management Unit (PMU) and to the regional Project Implementation Unit (PIU) established for project implementation.