During the Soviet era, people in the mountainous regions of Tajikistan received coal for heating free of charge. When the Soviet Union collapsed, so did the supply, and people began to clear the forests - with fatal consequences for nature and the microclimate.
Species extinction, mudslides and sandstorms were the result. With funding from the International Climate Protection Initiative, the forests are now being regenerated and supervised by the GIZ. The residents can rent parcels of land, reforest them, and in use the sustainably grown crops, such as timber and buckthorn, themselves. 450 families have been involved in the project to date, and just under 2000 hectares have been reforested.
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