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Afghanistan: Addressing the Climate Threat Despite Instability

According to the Environment News Service, the Afghan government, in partnership with the United Nations, has launched a “US $6 million initiative” to build the country’s resilience to climate change – a first for the country.

Given Afghanistan’s heavily agricultural economy (the director of Afghanistan’s National Environmental Protection Agency asserts that 79% of the country is engaged in agricultural activities), and the water security implications of climate change (increases in the intensity and frequency of drought and floods, the unpredictable variability of rainfall, and soil erosion), the program will focus on adapting the country’s water infrastructure to a changing climate:

Improved water management and water use efficiency as well as community-based watershed management are among the ways the program will strengthen resilience to climate change.

The lesson here? If Afghanistan can do it…

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