Water pollution is a serious issue in Tajikistan. Many surface water bodies are polluted by human activity, particularly from industrial wastewater. Hazardous waste management issues are also very prominent in Tajikistan. Currently, there is no reliable information on the volumes and types of waste, including toxic waste (such as pesticides). Wastewater treatment in the country does not follow the international rules of transfer, and storage of toxic goods and chemicals intended for use in agriculture and industrial facilities is often inadequate to prevent the spread and contamination of toxic materials.
Since 2012, Pure Earth has been working in Tajikistan to identify and assess toxic sites as part of our TSIP initiative. Over 20 toxic sites have been assessed. Several of these sites identified had a large impact on human health, and so Pure Earth has performed several pilot projects where old, toxic pesticide warehouses were cleaned up.
Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health-Tajikistan Summary
Pollution is responsible for 19.6% of deaths in Tajikistan. Learn more about how pollution affects health and the economy in Tajikistan by reading the Tajikistan Summary Report, based on the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health.
Country and Project Reports
Tajikistan Project Pages
Read more about our work in Tajikistan in The Pollution Blog: