The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Tajikistan Resident Mission (TJRM) says ADB and the Tajikistan Committee for Environmental Protection, and the Dushanbe City Administration planted 200 trees in Dushanbe on December 15 to wrap-up the Bank’s 25 years of strong partnership with the country.

“As Asia and the Pacific’s climate bank, ADB places climate action at the top of our work. By planting 200 trees today, we want to re-confirm ADB’s strong commitment to support Tajikistan in strengthening climate resilience and adaptation, and enhancing environmental sustainability,” said Shanny Campbell, ADB’s Country Director for Tajikistan.  “The 100 birches and 100 pines in Boghi Javonon Park is our heart-to-heart new year gift for a greener and cleaner Dushanbe.”

Tajikistan is among the countries with a high exposure to climate and disaster risks.  Glaciers are increasingly melting, leading initially to an increase in water runoff volumes and a shift in seasonal water availability.  Runoff volumes will gradually decrease.  Combined with more droughts and rising temperatures, these impacts are posing a significant challenge to Tajikistan’s agriculture and energy sector and may result in severe loss and damage in the country.

Since Tajikistan joined ADB in 1998, the Bank has provided over US$2.5 billion in assistance to the Central Asian country, including over US$2 billion in grants.  ADB’s 2021–2025 country partnership strategy for Tajikistan focuses on three strategic priorities: structural reforms to enhance resource allocation and mobilization, improving labor productivity through human capital development, and fostering better livelihoods by investing in strategic infrastructure.

Established in 1966, the Asian Development Bank is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.