FSD remediates sites contaminated with toxic substances inherited from the past: obsolete pesticides and waste from uranium mining and heavy metals.
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.
FSD is raising awareness of the risks involved, and working on solutions that will end this contamination for good.
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.
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.
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.
Tree Planting and Bioremediation
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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FSD locates and clears mines and unexploded ordnance, provides explosive ordnance risk education and assists survivors of accidental explosions.
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