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  • 1. Poverty and the Environment
    Tajikistan
    By Brittany Michaud
  • 2. The Link Between
    • Internationally, there is a known correlation between poverty and environmental danger
    • 3. Because of a lack of money, education, and concern, poor families disregard the environment to uphold a “survival mentality”
    • 4. Poor countries do not see the environment as priority because of all the other problems happening within the society, so nothing is done to conserve
    • 5. These people are not to be blamed for the world’s environmental problems, we must look ahead and focus on a solution
  • Worldwide Concern
    • A map of the countries suffering from poverty
  • Worldwide Concern
    • Varying types of environmental problems, mainly in areas with poverty (compare to previous map)
  • Indicators of Poverty Causing Environment Issues
    • Environment caused health issues
    • 6. Destruction of forest cover
    • 7. Soil degradation
    • 8. Low water quantity and quality
    • 9. Fisheries
    • 10. Natural disasters
    • 11. Lack of sanitation
    • 12. Pollution
  • Tajikistan
  • 13. Tajikistan
    • The poorest country in Central Asia with 53% of the population living below the poverty line 
    • 14. Main environmental problems: unsustainable agriculture practices, lack of reliable energy supply, natural disasters and climate change impacts, and clean water and food
    • 15. Suffer from about 500 natural disasters per year
    • 16. Only about 7% of land has any economic value
    • 17. Majority of population lies in rural areas, therefore lower living standards and more environmental damage
  • International Solutions
    • Effort to help was initiated through various organizations, but lack of finances keep it from completely solving problems
    • 18. UNDPUNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI) is now working to help countries around the world, including Tajikistan
    • 19. Starting helping Tajikistan in February 2010
  • What Individuals Can Do
    • Donate to organizations devoted to saving the environment, with an international focus
    • 20. Donate to organizations devoted to ending poverty
    • 21. Recycle, conserve, and live as “greenly” as you possibly can, because everything we do helps, if only just a little
    • 22. Influence others to do the same
  • Works Cited
    Shah, Anup. “Poverty and the Environment.” Global Issues, Updated: 12 Feb. 2005. Accessed: 25 May. 2010. http://www.globalissues.org/article/425/poverty-and-the-environment
    "United Nations Poverty-Environment Initiative." Poverty-Environment. UNDP/UNEP, 2007. Web. 27 May 2010. <http://www.unpei.org/programmes/c ountry_profiles/tajikistan.asp>.
    "Poverty and Environment." Iisd2010. Nternational Institute for Sustainable Development. Web. 28 May 2010. <http://www.iisd.org/economics/poverty/>.
    "POVERTY AND THE ENVIRONMENT: MEASURING THE LINKS." DFID, Feb. 2002. Web. 25 May 2010. <http://www.unep.org/civil_society/GCSF8/pdfs/pov_env_measuringlinks.pdf>.
  • 23. The End