Perception, Interpretation and Managing of Climate Change and Related Natural Hazards in Tajikistan

Tajikistan is highly disaster-prone; climate-induced disasters like floods, droughts, mud flows, cold waves or snow avalanches constitute a major threat to people’s live, livelihood and (sustainable) development in almost every corner of the country. Whereas scientific technical knowledge about climate change and resulting natural hazards and environmental degradation exists to a certain extent, the knowledge about the understanding of people’s perception and interpretation of nature and their views and approaches to today’s environmental changes and risks is scarce. This gap was addressed with a research by fieldwork using ethnographic methods in selected villages in predominately Sunni Southern Khatlon and Ismaili Kuhistoni Badakhshon.

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