The disaster of the Aral Sea is now largely known by the public. It is less known that the same threat weighs on other remarkable bodies of water. Among others, we will mention the Caspian Sea, the Lake Balkhach in Kazakhstan, the Lake Qinghai in China, the lakes Ohrid and Prespa in Balkans, several lakes in Turkey and the Lake Mono in California.

The essential goal of the Eurasia project is to make known by the public these threats which weigh on the environment of countries close to Europe. The choosen means is to produce a series of television broadcasts whose summaries are available on this site. By informing the European population, our goal is to make pressure on the governments of the concerned countries and on the international organizations so that a solution is brought to these environmental problems as soon as possible.

We will be interested primarily in Central Eurasia, its deserts and its lakes for two reasons: first because it is still time to act. Contrary

Flowered desert
in Repetek
MustaghAta seen
  from Kara Kul

to other bodies of water for which the point of nonreturn is already exceeded, the majority of the lakes of Central Eurasia can still be saved just as the majority of its deserts. Then because this insufficiently known region offers to us a cultural heritage of a considerable richness and that it has all to gain to be better known of the public. With conditions however that the visitors and the visited do respect and preserve not only the historical richness but also that of a remarkable ecosystem.

The problems which knows and which risks to know Central Eurasia are much more numerous than those which we will evoke. The war appears the most serious of all; it prevails in certain countries which we visited and it threatens some of the others. Even if the war appears a problem even more serious than hydrology, we don’t have to speak about it differently than as a probable consequence of the environmental catastrophes which we will present to you. Actually, the most serious problems that a region can know are those related to its environment and the lacks which they involve. The war is never but one more or less direct consequence of the environmental problems. If it is awkward to miss oil, it is mortal to miss drinking water.

It is difficult not to also consider the economic and financial consequences of the environmental catastrophes. The disaster of the Aral Sea and the extension of its repercussions well beyond Karakalpakstan are an illustration. The investments in zones with high environmental risk like the North of the Caspian Sea can be at the origin of global financial catastrophes. On the other hand, even if the European Union countries are likely to have to take part in the financing of the restoration of the environment of these countries which are our neighbors, we should not neglect the positive repercussions of this work for our companies nor the jobs which they will create as well in Europe as in the concerned countries.

Bactrian camel
on a beach of Yssik Kul
Registan in Samarkand

It would have been unjust to present at the European public only the problems known and posed by the countries of Central Eurasia. Not only to make these emissions attractive but especially for already undertaking a positive action in favor of these countries, we want to show what they have of more marvelous to present to us. Their nature is rich and varied, their cultural legacy is exceptional, their population is accessible and their table may be of a very good level. We will not be able to show all; hundred thirty emissions would not be enough and we have only thirteen ones. We just raised the corner of a veil. To those who wish to see more we shall tell : go without delay in Eurasia. They may like the sea or the mountain, the history or horsemanship, the desert or the forest, they will not regret their displacement.