Rumour has it that Kazakhstan is the most rapidly developing nation of all the Central-Asian countries. It’s immense oil and gas deposits, and numerous other natural resources (and minerals), are making the country increasingly prosperous. Little imagination is needed to realize that the extensive extraction of natural resources from the land will have a dramatic impact on the environment and its inhabitants. Why do we hear so little about Kazakhstan’s economic activities in the media, when some of the biggest international companies are at the forefront of Kazakhstan’s exploitation (ArcelorMittal, ExxonMobil, British Petroleum, Lukoil, Chevron, …)? Wondering what the next years may bring for this country, in terms of economic growth and its environmental impact, we left on a journey to the land of unlimited steppes.