Summary : Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Consultancy Services

Organization Name : Aga Khan Agency for Habitat

Organization Details:
Organization Name: Aga Khan Agency for Habitat
Country: Tajikistan
Address: 34 Rudaki Avenue (TCELL plaza, 10th floor), Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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Notice Details:
Notice Type: Tender Notice
Bidding Type: International Competitive Bidding
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Description: Khorog Urban Resilience Programme Planning and Proof of Concept Initiative

Position: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Consultancy Services
Organization: Aga Khan Agency for Habitat – Khorog Urban Resilience Programme
Location: Tajikistan, GBAO, Khorog
Duration: One Year
1. Context
The city of Khorog is the administrative center of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region located at an altitude of 2100m above the sea in the eastern part of Tajikistan. The region is in a zone of high seismic and tectonic activity. Apart from earthquakes, other natural geological processes are widely developed. Among them, landslides, rockfalls, mudflows, avalanches, and flooding stand out. Snow avalanches, rockfalls, and landslides pose the greatest threat.

The city has a population of around 30,000 people and an annual growth rate of 1%. As the city is surrounded by high mountains and there is a lack of space for other infrastructure, housing, and agriculture development, people have no other choice than to use hazardous zones. This is mainly caused by the lack of well-developed policies in the city planning and awareness of climate-related challenges, which makes the city vulnerable to the most common natural hazards. Although natural hazards cannot be entirely prevented, their effect on people can be reduced through Disaster Risk Reduction strategies.

In 2020, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), with the financial support of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of the Swiss Government, initiated Khorog Urban Resilience Programme (KURP). The program contributes to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, especially the SDG6, SDG11 and SDG13, and one of the main components of the program is Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) campaign initiated by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), which Khorog city is joining.

As part of the Khorog Urban Resilience Program (KURP), in 2020, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat assessed the risks of natural hazards in the city of Khorog. As a result of the assessment, 2,156 households, and 661 social facilities and infrastructures are at increased threat of natural hazards (Map 1). Assessments carried out for the period 2015 to 2021 showed that, along with local threats, there are high degrees of risks for the city of Khorog from distant natural hazards occurring at a considerable distance from the city of Khorog, which can have a rather dangerous impact on large areas. For example, the overlap of the river valley Gunt in the village of Barsem by a glacial mudflow followed by the formation of a dammed lake with a water volume of more than 1 million m 3 .

Deadline: 30 Mar 2023
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