Central Asia Atlas of Natural Resources

Publication | April 2010

The Atlas brings readers a sense of beauty and wealth in Central Asia, the issues its people face in using and conserving natural resources, and the efforts and progress towards sustainable development.

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'The Atlas covers the wide range of issues and challenges facing the region's natural resources and highlights how these affect the aspirations of the people in Central Asia and Kyrgyz Republic.'

- Kubanychbek Kulov, Head, CALCIM National Secretariat, Kyrgyz Republic

Once a region shrouded in mystery and best known for its trans-Asian commerce via the Silk Road, Central Asia today is an open, dynamic region connecting Eastern Europe with West Asia. It is a region rich in natural resources, including oil and gas, with a surprising variety of animals and plants.

Consisting of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, Central Asia is a vast land mass separating Eastern Europe and the Caucasus from East and South Asia. The region is mainly sandy deserts, capped in the north by green plains of the Central Asian Steppe and cradles in the south and east by snow clad mountain ranges. Central Asia is rich in oil and gas. It also boasts a variety of plants and animals, and some parts of the region are 'crossroads' for Asian and Mediterranean species. The countries share a family of languages and are all newly independent nations that must use their natural resources wisely for a sutainable future.

An interactive online version of the publication is available in both English and Russian. Please visit The Digital Version of The Central Asia Atlas of Natural Resourcesto learn more about this fascinating region and the challenges it faces.


  • Foreword
  • Amid Deserts, Steppes and Mountains
  • The Five Countries of Central Asia
  • Kazakhstan: A Rich and Varied Landscape
  • Kyrgyz Republic: The Spirit of Welcome
  • Tajikistan: Proud Mountain Nation
  • Turkmenistan: Making the Most of Desert Resources
  • Uzbekistan: Crossroads of Central Asia
  • Energy Resources: Enormous Development Potential
  • Mineral Resources: Geologists' Paradise
  • Water Resources: Lifeblood of the Region
  • Living Resources
  • Agriculture
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Peoples and Cultural Traditions
  • Natural Resources, Environment and Poverty
  • Toward Sustainable Development
  • Information Resources

Additional Details

  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Environment
  • Natural resources conservation
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • RPT091220
  • 978-971-561-886-1 (Print)

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