Archive for the ‘Turkmenistan’ Category

Central Asia’s Water Crisis Is Already Here

Via The Diplomat, an article on what it will it take for Central Asian states to sustainably adapt to climate change, particularly the regional water crisis that is already underway: Over the course of 2023, Central Asia grappled with escalating challenges stemming from climate change, including disruptive weather patterns affecting long-standing agricultural practices and the […]

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Shrinking Caspian Sea Worries Secretive Turkmenistan

Via Terra Daily, an article on the shrinking Caspian Sea: On the Caspian Sea coast in Turkmenistan — one of the world’s most secretive states — Batyr Yusupov can no longer ferry his passengers between two ports. There is not enough water. “I used to go between Turkmenbashi and Hazar,” the 36-year-old ferry worker said […]

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Taliban Vow To Finish Disputed Canal At ‘Any Cost’

Via Nikkei Asia, a report on the Taliban’s vow to finish a disputed canal at ‘any cost’ despite its Central Asian neighbors crying foul over its plans to tap shared river: A massive canal project in Afghanistan has alarmed the country’s neighbors over fears it will drain a river key to their agricultural economies, but […]

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Water Corruption In Central Asia

Via Central Asia Journal for Water Research, a new study on water corruption in Central Asia: Academic scholarship defines sectoral corruption, namely water corruption one of the main threats to the development of Central Asia. While applying a rapid review, the purpose of this article is to explore the current state of research on water […]

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Stanikzai: Use of Water of Amu River is Afghanistan’s Right

Via The Frontier Post, an article on the Afghan government’s view on the Amu River: Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, said at the ceremony of the completion of the first phase and the start of the second phase of the Qosh Tepa Canal that throughout the history of Afghanistan, the water […]

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Can Central Asia Engage With the Taliban Over Access To Water?

Via Real Clear World, commentary on whether Central Asia can engage with the Taliban over water: Recently, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported the progress of Afghanistan’s Qosh Tepa Irrigation Canal, $670 million, 285-kilometer canal to irrigate 550,000 hectares of land by diverting 25% of the flow of the Amu Darya River.    Irrigating northern Afghanistan has been a […]

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