Water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could cost some regions up to 6 percent of their GDP, spur migration, and spark conflict, according to a new World Bank report - High and Dry: Climate Change, Water and the Economy.
Fifty years ago, a devastating earthquake hit Tashkent leaving over 300 000 people homeless. Today, the Government of Uzbekistan pays special attention to protection of population from emergencies and disaster risk reduction.
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The city has been chosen by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) to pilot-test the new Sendai Framework Local/Urban Indicators aimed at disaster risk reduction under more detailed parameters.