Environmental Remediation

The FSD remediates sites contaminated with toxic substances inherited from the past: obsolete pesticides and waste from uranium mining and heavy metals.
bags being removed at contaminated sites
Tajikistan (2018) – bags of soil contaminated with toxic pesticides are ready to be transferred to the national centre in Vahksh.

Toxic pesticides buried in the soil are a constant threat to populations.

Many Tajiks now live on top of old pesticide stocks buried in the ground without knowing the real dangers they pose. As they seep into water and crops, these pesticides contaminate the food chain and affect the health of villagers.

The FSD is raising awareness of the risks involved, and working on solutions that will end this contamination for good.

Environmental protection

Obsolete pesticides

Since 2016, FSD has been working to clean up land contaminated by ancient stocks of pesticides in Tajikistan. For the moment, it is above all a matter of moving the masses of contaminated land to secure places and replacing them with clean soil.

At the same time, FSD is working with the United Nations to develop a technique to remediate contaminated soil in order to solve the problem for good.

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un homme creusant avec une pelle

Environmental protection

Uranium

FSD has carried out several projects to repair and remediate the effects of legacy uranium mining waste in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

This ranged from conducting scientific analysis of water and ground pollution levels and environmental impact analyses to implementing physical construction of walls and fences, repair of top cover soils on waste piles, water testing and design of filtration measures for local communities.

FSD conducted all of this along with the Coordination Group for Uranium Legacy Sites (CGULS) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 2014 to 2020.

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Environmental protection

Heavy metals

In combination with its obsolete pesticide remediation work, FSD also encountered many additional industrial legacy pollution sites; many of these were as a result of mining heavy metals (Mercury, Lead and Zinc for example).

Notably, FSD participated in activities to survey and analyse the effects of waste soils from heavy metal mining sites in Kyrgyzstan which included water testing for trace metals, health screening in affected communities and the design of remediation measures to limit the leaching of toxic metals into the local environment and to provide safer food and water access.

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Environmental protection

Tree Planting and Bioremediation

There has been a growing international focus on protecting large rain forests and areas of biodiversity across the world to reduce the impacts of climate change. FSD’s environmental programmes lend themselves to this effort as trees help stabilise the soil, prevent wind erosion and reduce flooding.

As an initial pilot project, FSD will be planting 5,000 trees in Tajikistan at the central land waste repository at Vakhsh.

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Our activities

Our humanitarian programs focus on four main areas. Since its creation in 1997, FSD has conducted projects in about thirty countries.

1-MINES

mine action

The FSD locates and clears mines and unexploded ordnance, provides community education and provides assistance to survivors of accidental explosions.

3-PROTECTION-

Protection of the environment

FSD remediates sites contaminated by toxic substances from the past, including obsolete pesticide stocks and mining waste.

2-RELEVEMENT

recovery & stability

FSD supports ongoing peace processes in various countries and provides socio-economic support to communities.

4-INNOVATION-

innovation &
technology

The FSD collaborates on research projects aiming to use new technologies, such as drones, in mine action.

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