"This Atlas brings to readers a sense of the beauty and wealth of Central Asia’s natural resources, some issues its peoples face in using and conserving them, and the progress being made toward sustainable development.
The Atlas is an output of the Central Asian Countries Initiative for Land Management (CACILM) Program, a 10-year partnership between the Central Asian countries and the international donor community that began in 2006. Its aim is to restore, maintain, and improve the productive functions of land in Central Asia, leading to better economic and social well-being, while preserving the ecological functions of the land. The initiative has set in motion an integrated approach to sustainable land management that will have local, national, and global benefits."
Contents: 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