Tajikistan Forestry NAMA Support Project

Forests in Tajikistan were heavily exploited following the disintegration of the Soviet Union and a civil war between 1992 and 1997.This has left the country with a forest cover of around two per cent, and threatens important ecosystem services. Recent reforms in the forestry sector mean Tajikistan now has up-to-date forestry legislation. However, it is not being implemented as a result of lack of capacity and financial resources.

The NAMA Support Project has several aims. These include forest renewal, conservation and sustainable management, contributing to climate change mitigation. Its other objectives are to maintain biodiversity, improve the livelihoods of local people and leverage public and private finance.

Facts
Partner ministries Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT), Agency of Forestry under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan (GoT)
Delivery organisation Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, KfW Entwicklungsbank
Implementing partners Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT); Agency of Forestry under the Government of Tajikistan
Funding volume EUR 13 million
Project duration 2017-2021
Status appraisal

It will address the systemic barriers affecting the implementation of forestry sector reform. It will also build national and local institutional capacity to transform the entire sector to a net carbon sink development path beyond the scope of the project. Finally, the project will incentivise local people and the private sector to lease land and get involved with forest management, as well as generating investment in the sector. 

A likely major additional benefit is the creation of new jobs and incomes for local inhabitants. New plantations will be good for biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and ecosystem services. They could for example protect people from floods and landslides. Increased institutional capacity will help drive the national reform processes through. 

The project mobilises private sector finance and envisages further national funding. It will lay the foundations for attracting additional donor funding into the sector.

The NAMA Support Project will sequestre 2.01 million tonnes CO2 by 2030 (154,700 tonnes CO2 per year) and could be significantly scaled up across the country.  

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