FOCUS: Remote Geo-Hazards Capacity Building and Monitoring. Creating Opportunities in a Safe Environment (COSE): Integrating Risk Management.

Project completed

The mountainous region of GBAO (Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast) is very much prone of natural hazards, frequently hit by small to medium scale earthquakes, mudflows and flash floods. Breakout of the glacial lakes (formed by melting of the glaciers) is of particular concern, as they originate in remote mountainous areas and the risk is not known to the communities which could be affected. At the same time land for urban development in the region is extremely limited and expansion of rural and urban settlements without consideration of hazards puts population under additional risk. The project will develop and expand a safe living environment in and around Khorog town – capital of GBAO - by integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures into urban and rural development planning, building capacities of the local authorities and population on disaster-sensitive development, offering information on the existing risks and supporting with implementation of targeted projects to protect 90 communities from the impact of natural disasters, weather extremes and changing climate. To strengthen the capacities of the people to cope with disasters and increase their livelihoods the project will also roll out a set of income generation activities.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Climate change and environment
Disaster risk reduction DRR
Environmental policy
01.12.2013 - 31.01.2016
CHF 1'540'000
Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign Non-Governmental Organization
  • Agha Khan Foundation

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'540'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'527'513
Project phases Phase 4 01.08.2016 - 31.12.2019   (Current phase)

Phase 3 01.12.2013 - 31.01.2016   (Completed)

Phase 2 21.09.2011 - 31.10.2013   (Completed)