Assessment of Central Asian Mountain Ecosystems

Central Asia Mountain Ecosystems

Geographical coverage

Geographical scale of the assessment Set of sites
Country or countries covered Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name

Conceptual framework, methodology and scope

Assessment objectives

To ensure conservation of mountain ecosystems and sustainable development of the Central Asian sub-region on the basis of continuous effective regional policy efforts designed to improve interaction of the society with ecosystems. This will be carried out via:

  • Analyzing the current status and magnitude of human-caused transformation of the Central Asia mountainous ecosystems at the local, national, and sub-global levels.

  • Identifying causes and effects.

  • Assessing the capacity of mountainous ecosystems to provide goods and services.

  • Developing and approving a toolbox for an ecological assessment and examination of actions designed to reduce negative influences on ecosystems.

  • Developing scenarios of possible ecosystem changes depending on adopted decisions.

  • Developing recommendations for decision-making and planning related to conservation and restoration of Central Asia mountainous ecosystems.

Mandate for the assessment

Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA)

URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted

System(s) assessed

  • Inland water
  • Forest and woodland
  • Mountain
  • Dryland

Species groups assessed

Ecosystem services/functions assessed


  • Food
  • Water
  • Timber/fibres
  • Genetic resources
  • Raw materials


  • Air quality
  • Climate regulation

Supporting Services/Functions

  • Nutrient cycling

Cultural Services

Scope of assessment includes

Drivers of change in systems and services


Impacts of change in services on human well-being


Options for responding/interventions to the trends observed


Explicit consideration of the role of biodiversity in the systems and services covered by the assessment


Timing of the assessment

Year assessment started

Year assessment finished

If ongoing, year assessment is anticipated to finish

Periodicity of assessment

Assessment outputs


Communication materials (e.g. brochure, presentations, posters, audio-visual media)

Journal publications

Training materials

Other documents/outputs

Tools and processes

Tools and approaches used in the assessment

  • Modelling
  • Indicators
  • Scenarios
  • Economic valuation
  • Response Options

Process used for stakeholder engagement in the assessment process and which component

Key stakeholder groups engaged

The number of people directly involved in the assessment process

Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge

Supporting documentation for specific approaches, methodology or criteria developed and/or used to integrate knowledge systems into the assessment

Assessment reports peer reviewed



Accessibility of data used in assessment

Policy impact

Impacts the assessment has had on policy and/or decision making, as evidenced through policy references and actions

Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment


Lessons learnt for future assessments from these reviews

Capacity building

Capacity building needs identified during the assessment

Actions taken by the assessment to build capacity

How have gaps in capacity been communicated to the different stakeholders

Knowledge generation

Gaps in knowledge identified from the assessment

How gaps in knowledge have been communicated to the different stakeholders

Additional relevant information