POSTER: Establishing Yagnob Natural Ethnographic Park

The world is facing catastrophic extinctions of primeval nature and indigenous cultures due increasingly to human-induced impacts and the pressures of globalization. This poster showcases our efforts in promoting enhanced socio-economic development of the Yaghnob Valley situated in the mountains of Tajikistan.

Tajikistan is the poorest country in Central Asia Photo: Mostra
  • DATE: 10 Sep 2012
  • TIME: 13:00 - 14:30
  • ROOM: A - Lobby 1st floor

During the late 1970s, forced resettlement of the indigenous Yaghnobi population halted development processes in the Yaghnob Valley. Nearly 3,000 Yaghnobi people were forced to move to flatland areas, mostly in the cotton-growing district of Zafarobod. Over the past 15-20 years many Yaghnobi people have had the opportunity to return to their native land. The valley's indigenous population of less than 7,000 people now comprises a unique ethno-regional group who continue to speak their ancient language, Sogdiana to this day. The vast and often inaccessible mountainous landscape of Tajikistan has made it possible for this area of ethno-cultural and natural value to remain mostly intact and for their way of life to be passed on to future generations.

Unfortunately, the government has not given this issue much attention and has made little effort to provide necessary socio-economic living conditions for Yaghnobi people or to counteract the historic injustices they have faced. Government and donor community development efforts in the Yaghnob Valley will help improve the socio-economic conditions of indigenous mountain-dwellers recently returned to their native land and will greatly aid development in this area.

This poster is organized by the Tajik Social and Ecological Union.



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