Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked state in Central Asia bordered by China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The climate varies across regions, being dry continental in the Tien Shan Mountains, subtropical in southwest and temperate in northern zone. In terms of terrain, it is entirely mountainous, dominated by the Tien Shan range; 94% of the country is 1,000 m above sea level. The associated valleys and basins encompass the entire nation. In regards to natural resources, Kyrgyzstan has access to abundant hydropower as well as, among other materials, significant deposits of gold and rare earth metals.

Key Water Issues and Challenges

  • Water pollution; many people get their water directly from contaminated streams and wells; as a result, water-borne diseases are prevalent
  • Increasing soil salinity from faulty irrigation practices

Contact GWP Kyrgyzstan

Mr. Vadim Sokolov,; Regional Coordinator

More Information

AQUASTAT -FAO's Information System on Water and Agriculture

UN-Water Statistics


Posted: 2012-07-24

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