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The Kyrgyz Republic is a landlocked country located in north-eastern Central Asia between two major mountain systems, the Tien Shan and the Pamirs. Over 80% of the country is within the Tian Shan mountain chain and 4% is permanently under ice and snow. The majority of the population lives in the foothills of the mountains, where they are most vulnerable to climate hazards. Forty-three percent of the population lives below the poverty line and 50% are rural dwellers. Agriculture is by far the most important livelihood activity, contributing to one-third of gross domestic product (GDP) and employing 65% of the population. In fact, over half of Kyrgyz Republic’s GDP is derived from climate and weather-sensitive activities. Notably, Kyrgyz Republic experiences between 3,000 and 5,000 earthquakes every year, with large-scale catastrophes taking place every 5-10 years. On average, destruction and loss from natural disasters totals up to US $30-35 million per year.
Key Facts & Figures
Geography and population
With a territory of 199,950 km2, Kyrgyzstan is the largest country in the sub-region. Kyrgyzstan’s population of 6.5 million has a density of 32.3/km2, with 2.3 million (36%) living in rural areas and an urban population of 4.2 million (65%).
Kyrgyzstan’s economy is dominated by agriculture (12-14%) and mineral extraction industries. Most of the labor force is employed in agriculture (48%).
The agriculture sector produces mainly animal fodder, wheat, barley and maize. Other minor crops include tobacco, cotton and potatoes.
The mountainous nation has a small amount of arable land (6.7%), of which it devotes over 55% to agricultural activities.
The Kyrgyz Republic derives most of its energy supply from fossil fuels (oil, coal, gas). Renewable energy production is mainly hydro power.