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Tajikistan mountain villages supported in coping with climate change
Residents of Midenshor Village in the remote western Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan will soon have access to drinking water thanks to the Alliance of Central Asian Mountain Communities (AGOCA), a Mountain Partnership member. AGOCA, supported by the Mountain Partnership Hub at the University of Central Asia, is working with the local Water User Association on implementing a project that will run until May 2014. It is funded by the Christensen Fund, a Californian organization very active in Central Asian mountain countries.
AGOCA was established in 2003 with the aim of supporting ‘bottom-up’ involvement of populations and a better representation of village matters at the national and regional levels. At present, 45 mountain communities from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan are members.
An 800-meter pipeline will transport water from the Chashma mountain spring to 211 households in the village. As part of the project work on community mobilization and awareness raising, a series of meetings have been held with village members, some of which focused on coping with changing climate and adaptation strategies. The meetings were organized to share information about the project and explain the importance of using water resources effectively. Village members, local decision-makers, village authorities and women activists attended the meetings.