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Integrated management of natural resources, resilience and local governance for sustainable development

ACTED continues its 20-year long commitment to the Tajik society by addressing the country’s main challenges and fostering opportunities for the sustainable and inclusive development of the country. ACTED has been especially active in building the capacity of rural communities to prevent natural disasters through the improved management of natural resources. By promoting local mechanisms for the efficient administration of water resources, ACTED contributes to improving water accessibility, livelihoods and food security. ACTED also contributes to enhancing the potential of local communities, encouraging their innovativeness and creativity to engage in income generating activities through community-oriented, demand-driven interventions. Finally, ACTED continues to foster social cohesion and the self-confidence of Tajiks through its Cultural Centre Bactria, which promotes Tajik culture and arts.

In line with the objectives of Tajikistan’s Water Reform, ACTED has been paying particular attention to improving equity and reliability of water supply, as well as the hygiene and sanitation situation in rural communities. Through a combination of local governance initiatives with interventions to improve water productivity and natural resources management, ACTED has been working to combat soil degradation and water erosion, the main causes of mudflows or landslides. ACTED has also been working to strengthen the Tajik civil society and to address the lack of relations between community-based organisations and the government by involving non-state actors in the country development process.

Saving lives, livelihoods and landscapes through integrated management of natural resources

With more than 900 rivers longer than 10 kilometers, Tajikistan is particularly exposed to water-related disasters which significantly affects lives and livelihoods. To reduce risks, ACTED has been adopting a “watershed management” approach aiming to connect upstream-downstream communities and to encourage the use of soil and water conservation measures for stabilising the erosion and degradation process in the whole watershed. Moreover, ACTED works to increase the preparedness of communities and governments to potential hazards and raise awareness on the impact of detrimental human activities, ultimately decreasing the overall vulnerability of the Tajik population by building resilient and environmentally sustainable communities.

Culture as a factor of social and economic development

Culture has the power to foster social cohesion, promote cross-cultural collaboration, and forge a sense of identity for people of all ages and backgrounds. Culture plays a key role in the sustainable social and economic development of Tajikistan by promoting intercultural understanding and youth development. In 2016, the Bactria Cultural Centre, initiated and supported by ACTED, celebrated its 15th anniversary. Through the Centre, ACTED has been facilitating the access to culture and information, encouraging the development of contemporary art in Tajikistan and the preservation of the Tajik cultural heritage, while promoting employability skills through language courses and other vocational trainings

Partenaires en 2016 :

Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Aide aux enfants démunis (AED) Association Kareen Mane, Creative Learning, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), EuropeAid, Famille Villard, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Procasur Corporation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), The Christensen Fund, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), US Embassy in Tajikistan, Ville d'Eybens, Centre for Social Research Zerkalo

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