Soil Legislation and Policy in the Kyrgyz Republic on the Development of the Law “On Soil Fertility Protection of Agricultural Lands”

  • Maksatbek Anarbaev
Part of the International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy book series (IYSLP, volume 2017)


Soil is a fragile, essential, and largely nonrenewable natural resource. It is an essential ecosystem that serves as key basis for food production, as well as crucial habitat for biodiversity. Soil is affected by certain human activities. For instance, inappropriate agricultural practices contribute to land degradation processes and lead to a loss of soil fertility. Therefore, issues of overgrazing of pastures, soil salinization, water and wind erosion should be a priority agenda of the government. Since independence, the Kyrgyz Republic was faced with radical changes in the agricultural sector. Therefore, there was necessity for the government to introduce specific legislation on soil fertility protection that addresses this issue in a comprehensive way.


Soil fertility protection Kyrgyz Republic Land degradation Agriculture Small-plot farming Land use Soil legislation 



Special thanks to Prof. Ian Hannam (Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law, University of New England) and Prof. Emmanuel Kasimbazi (Environmental Law Centre, Makerere University) for their enormous help and comments on various drafts of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geographic Sciences, Centre for Development Studies (ZELF)Freie UniversitätBerlinGermany

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