Drylands in Central Asia are among the most rapidly degrading and climate-vulnerable areas worldwide. Desertification caused by climate change and human activities has led to land degradation,…

Banu Setlur, Paola Agostini, Brenden Jongman |

For millennia, the Black Sea has supported economic and human development in the region, and today more than 160 million people living in Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Türkiye, and Ukraine…

Paola Agostini, Eolina Petrova Milova, Sameer Akbar |

The Balkans often evoke images of conflict and fragmentation. But on the digital front, countries across Southeast Europe are working together to build robust broadband network connecting millions…

Natalija Gelvanovska-Garcia |

Getting the balance right at the water-energy nexus is already a challenge, and the climate crisis is only expected to exacerbate this, especially in Central Asia.

Tatiana Proskuryakova, Winston Yu |

Kazakhstan has set ambitious objectives to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, requiring fundamental changes to the country’s economy.

Mariana Iootty, Asset Bizhan, Gaukhar Ospanova |

The World Bank Group has launched today a Country Climate and Development Report (CCDR) for Kazakhstan, the most recent of a new core diagnostic that integrates climate change and development…

Sandeep Kohli, Daniel Besley |

Water plays a critical role in Tajikistan’s economy, but the country’s abundant water resources must be managed in a more coordinated and effective way to enhance the country's growth and…

Ozan Sevimli, Winston Yu |

Azerbaijan celebrated Novruz last week, with festivities hailing water as a source and precursor of the re-birth of nature, and we were all reminded of how crucial water is in our lives. At the…

Winston Yu |

How can Kazakhstan’s ambitious carbon neutrality goal by 2060 be reconciled with energy-driven economic growth?

Jean-François Marteau |

The mountains of Central Asia provide more than a breathtaking view. They are essential to the region’s resilience – people’s day-to-day lives, health, and future.

Paola Agostini, Daniel Kull |