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Morena lake in the Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan


Central Asia is a region at high risk of natural disasters. In particular, the most vulnerable parts are the watershed areas - Pamir and Tien Shan. These risks are caused by the topographic, geophysical, hydrological and climatic conditions of the areas, as well as man-made factors that often exacerbate the situation. Every year, it is estimated that the economic losses amount to hundreds of millions of US dollars annually for each of the countries of Central Asia.


However, by strengthening regional cooperation, improving disaster preparedness and the disaster response plan and other measures, these losses, and the risk of future losses caused by potential disasters, can be reduced.


Building capacities and developing strategies to reduce the risk from natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods, landslides, mudslides and avalanches are the priority activities for the forthcoming years.

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