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News: December 2007

OSCE HELPS TAJIKISTAN'S RURAL AREAS TO PREVENT LAND DEGRADATION

Some 20,000 trees were planted in the Rasht Valley, Khatlon region and Hisar district of Tajikistan this week, as part of an OSCE-organized environmental action aimed at preventing the erosion of rural lands.

The activities involved around 8,400 local people.

"Not many people in the area realize that avalanches and mudslides are the result of the cutting of trees and bushes on the mountain slopes. It is extremely important to show the local population that land degradation can be prevented by planting trees, especially in areas most affected by erosion," said Saulius Smalys, OSCE Environmental Officer.

Abduvohit Karimov, the Deputy Agriculture Minister of Tajikistan, added: "Raw silk is developed in the Khatlon district and the best food for silk moths is mulberry leafs. That is why, the mulberry trees chosen to be planted in Khatlon bring triple benefit - they save the lands from erosion and provide food for silk moths, while people can enjoy the berries."

Every year Tajikistan loses 50,000 hectares of productive land because of erosion. This is a serious threat to the economy of the country, as 93% of its territory is covered by mountains, and to the local population which is affected by natural disasters.

Source: , 14.12.2007

GDP PER CAPITA IN KAZAKHSTAN TO TOTAL $7 THOUSAND - NAZARBAYEV

GDP per capita will reach $7 thousand in 2007 in Kazakhstan year. The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev informed today during the ceremonial meeting devoted to the 16th anniversary of independence, the agency reports.

The leader of the state reminded, "since 2000 the national economy has been developing with 9-10% rates of GDP growth annually."

As of today, according to N. Nazarbayev, deposits of bank system make 3.5 trillion KZT. Growth of pension accumulation in domestic saving funds has exceeded 1.1 trillion KZT.

Source: Kazakhstan Today, 14.12.2007