Central Asia Chapter

Amir Keshavarz

Say it

Central Asia is one of the pivot regions of the world and is located in the nucleus of the Eurasian continental space. It is a crucial link between several robust and dynamic economies, such as China, the European Union, India, Japan, and Russia. The Central Asia chapter (CAC) comprises Iran, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. It is a diverse region with a mix of upper middle and low-income countries with significant strategic importance due to their geographic location and natural resource endowments. The countries share more than just geography; they also share a similar culture, legacy, and, more importantly, a shared vision for the future. Most Central Asia climate change stressors include increases in temperature, extreme weather events, and glacial melt, while likely impacts include continued expansion of deserts and arid areas. Such stressors and effects will add pressure to already stressed and exploited natural resources, such as pasture, forests, and wildlife, and could increase the spread of transboundary pests. The exacerbated degradation of biodiversity, natural habitats, and ecosystems due to climate stressors increases the vulnerability of impoverished and rural areas, which largely lack the financial or political capacity to overcome these growing challenges. Climate changes will likely affect local and regional economies, as overexploitation and lack of resources are projected to impact critical industries such as agriculture, energy, and other water-dependent activities.

Work for it

Help the governments develop the metropolitans with a long-term perspective to increase the quality of life beyond the chapter by accessing all infrastructures and decreasing migration from other cities to metropolitans.
Make a connection between professionals to share experience about metropolitan planning to improve quality of life in the chapter.
As the students become professionals and government employees, they need to become familiar with metropolitan planning to make a better future.