How to Improve Air Quality in the Capital of Tajikistan? 19.06.20

Currently, the capital of Tajikistan – the city of Dushanbe is in the twenty worst cities in the Asia-Pacific region for its air quality. Tajik ecologist Muazzama Burkhonova believes that a package of measures will be needed to improve the atmosphere. (more…)

IWPR’s expert meeting on environmental problems held in Dushanbe 21.04.20

There is a lack of research on relevant environmental problems in Tajikistan, according to participants in an expert meeting held by IWPR-Tajikistan in Dushanbe.

IWPR Discusses Environmental Issues and Urban Planning in Kazakhstan 17.04.20

On April 14, 2020, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Central Asia (IWPR CA) and held an online expert discussion on mechanisms and ways to address environmental problems and urban planning issues by the case of Kazakhstan. (more…)

New Environmental Code of Kazakhstan: Expectations and Prospects

Eldos Abakhanov 06.04.20

“The most difficult issues in the discussion of the new environmental code within the walls of parliament will be related to counterarguments from the side of the “big” business,” Eldos Abakanov, Deputy Chairperson of the “Kazakhstan Association of Environmental Organizations”, analyzes the legislative innovations in an article, written specifically for (more…)

Dr Troy Sternberg: The Biggest Issue is Not an Environment, It’s the Management

Ermek Baisalov 18.03.20

Dr Troy Sternberg, British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Oxford University (UK), on an interview with told about why there are conflicts between residents and investors in the mining sector, the environmental threats of Central Asian countries and the role of water in nature.


What is a National Adaptation Plan and Why Do We Need it?

According to the forecasts of environmental and climate experts, air temperature will continue to increase in the country, while the redistribution of precipitations throughout the entire Central Asian region might lead to drainage of natural reservoirs, and to floods and landslides in areas previously not prone to such phenomena.In this regard, it is important not only to prepare the population and the economic sectors of Kyrgyzstan for the probability of natural disasters, but also to create conditions to ensure the continuity of the country’s sustainable development. (more…)

Disposal Fee in Kazakhstan: No Ecology, Just Business

Anna Velichko 29.08.19

The disposal fee, which is qualified in all documents as environmental indulgence, has been openly recognised in the country as a barrier to imports.

Climate Issues in Bishkek. How is the City’s “Liver” Increasingly Affected?

Bermet Nasirova 20.08.19

«Living conditions deteriorate every year in Bishkek: high air temperature in summer, smog over the city in winter, constant reduction of green spaces for the sake of expanding roads, lack of irrigation system and other factors that give rise to much more global environmental and microclimate problems in the capital city,» – explains the ecologist, director of the Public Fund “Initiative Arch” (Инициатива Арча) Dmitry Vetoshkin.


How to Slow Down Melting of the Glaciers in Kyrgyzstan by Means of Mountain Forests?

«Increasing the area of ​​perennial plantings in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan would have a positive effect on slowing down the melting process of glaciers in the region, as well as on CO2 uptake on the planet», – Azamat Temirkulov, associate professor, doctor of political sciences from Bishkek, wrote in his article for

Kazakhstan and Green Economy: a Paradigm Shift or an Attempt to Give Out Desirable for Valid?

Yerlan Kassym 03.06.19

«For a successful transition to “green economy “the contribution of all parties is required: the government, industry and population. In case of non-participation or lack of motivation to participate in the fulfillment of the transition to a “green economy” of at least one side, the probability of their implementation will rush to zero», – Yerlan Kasym, an energy policy specialist from Nur-Sultan, writes in his article for