The conflict of mining and water resources in Kyrgyzstan
Briefing | 18 September 2012
Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country rich in water and natural resources. It hosts one of the Earth’s most important ecological regions with unique ecosystems and biodiversity and is considered the “water tower” of Central Asia due to its Tien Shan glacier reserves. At the same time, mining operations and the mismanagement of natural resources are increasing the threats posed by climate change and pollution.