EBRD awards prize for best environmental journalism in Tajikistan

By Maria Rozanova

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EBRD awards prize for best environmental journalism in Tajikistan

(l-r) Peter Fernandes Cardy, Head of DfID for Central Asia;  Nomvar Kurbonov, award winner in the category ‘Best online article’; Ayten Rustamova, Associate Director, EBRD Head of Tajikistan

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Boosting awareness and paving the way for a climate-resilient future in the country

Following a golden rule of “Do good, be seen as doing good, and be known for doing good”, CLIMADAPT, the green financing facility for Tajikistan, has awarded its first prizes for environmental journalism in the country today.

In a ceremony in the capital, Dushanbe, prizes were awarded in the following categories:

  • Best newspaper article: Awarded to Saifiddin Sunnati, for an article published in Sadoi Mardum, a popular national paper in Tajikistan
  • Best online article: Nomvar Kurbonov, for a piece published in Ravshanfikr, a famous local website among young scientists and those interested in science
  • Best TV coverage: Dilbar Hojaeva, for “We are from Sogdiana”, shown on TV Sughd, a leading broadcaster in the Sughd province TV channel.

Four other participants received certificates of excellence for their contribution to the public debate about climate change.

The awards, which were presented for the first time, were organised under the auspices of CLIMADAPT, a facility helping businesses in Tajikistan to adapt to the consequences of climate change.

Launched in 2016 by the EBRD, together with the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the US$ 10 million programme facilitates access to climate resilience technologies, in particular, improving the use of water, energy and land resources. Technical assistance under the programme is financed by donor funds from the government of the United Kingdom and from the multi-donor EBRD Early Transition Countries Fund.*

Tajikistan is among the countries that are most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. It depends on hydropower for over 90 per cent of its electricity production. The country’s economy is deeply dependent on the use of highly climate-sensitive resources: water, energy and land. This means that farmers often lack access to water, and farms suffer soil erosion, while businesses and manufacturing companies are badly affected by severe power shortages.

For the CLIMADAPT prize, over 60 entries were received from across the country. Stories described the challenges that Tajikistan faces in mitigating – and becoming resilient to – the effects of climate change, through the use of water and energy-efficient technologies supported by CLIMADAPT.  

“He learns and teaches the art of conversing with nature”, an article written by Dilbar Hojaeva, is the inspiring story of an innovative farmer who adopted a drip-irrigation system and mulching to support water efficiency and boost crop growth.

Kamari Ahror’s “The first greenhouse” tells a story of how farmers can improve the vitality of the soil and boost their crop growth by installing greenhouses.

“CLIMADAPT – preserve and multiply”, written by Lola Kasimova, shows how farmers can keep produce fresh and extend their selling season, securing a more stable income, by investing in a cold-storage facility.

To date, the EBRD’s programme of financing facilities, dedicated to sustainable energy, has been expanded to 127 partner financial institutions in 25 countries.

* The Early Transition Countries Fund is a multi-donor vehicle whose contributors include: Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taipei China and the United Kingdom.

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