Central Asia & Russia

The Central Asian and Russian development highly depends on water resources and dry steppes cover a vast area. Although some of those steppes function as the Eurasian breadbasket, many of these lands have been abandoned after the collapse of the Soviet Union with strong impacts on land-use, agricultural production, water availability and the storage of GHGs. To cope with these challenges, capacity building and implementing risk transfer mechanism can support a resilient economic development.

Our Work in the Region

On the one hand, land-use change and climate change in the dry steppes of Russia and adjacent countries caused concern about intensifying erosion in an area, which is highly important for food production. On the other hand, these sensitive steppes hold the potential for carbon storage in the soil and vegetation and therefore play a vital role in climate change mitigation. Sustainable land management strategies and erosion control in agricultural production foster the economic value of these ecosystems and help to mitigate climate change and adapt to its adverse effects.

Selected Ongoing Projects

CLIMASTEPPE the potentials of the Russian steppes to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions

ADAPT Assisting Households to Adapt to Climate Change

Selected Finished Projects

CAREC 2 Climate projections and climate risk assessment

World Bank Turn Down the Heat III: Regional Analysis – The Case for Climate Resilience

Kulunda Process-based Modelling of the Carbon Cycle and the Impact of Land Use Changes on the Regional Carbon Balance of the Kulunda Steppe

Involved Working Groups (alphabetical order)

Adaptation in Agricultural Systems

Land Use and Resilience