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Is the Aral Sea a Lost Cause?

Via The Diplomat, a report on the?Aral Sea?s desiccation amidst plummeting hopes for its revival: Prior to 1960, the Aral Sea was the fourth largest inland water reservoir in the planet, with a surface area of 66,900 square km. 1960 is a key date because it was the last time that the sea?s water level […]

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Kazakhstan Moves to Ease Water Conflict in Central Asia

Via Geopolitical Monitor, a report on Kazakhstan’s effort to ease water conflict in Central Asia: An early August meeting of Central Asian heads of state in?Turkmenistan?addressed issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and regional consequences of renewed Taliban control of Afghanistan. Additionally, there was one interesting proposal that is quite relevant to the challenges that […]

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Transboundary Waters of Central Asia: the Role of Kyrgyzstan in Saving the Aral Sea

Via the Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting, a look at how?Kyrgyzstan?s views on how to manage the water resources formed on its territory are at variance with the provisions determined by the Aral Sea Saving Fund: From the beginning of its independence, Kyrgyzstan begins to formulate a policy for the management of water resources […]

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With Aral?s Death Irreversible, Central Asian Leaders Shift Focus to Setting a Market Price for Water

Via Window on Eurasia, a report on?discussions of water sharing and use in Central Asia: For most of the past 25 years, the issue of saving the Aral Sea has dominated all discussions of water sharing and use in Central Asia. But now that the death of that sea has become irreversible, the leaders of […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Addressing Water Insecurity in Central Asia – A Steppe on the One Belt, One Road Initiative?

Courtesy of Future Directions International, an interesting look at Key Points Central Asia is integral to Chinese efforts to increase its global connectivity. Natural resource constraints, including access to water, could undermine its influence in the region. Given the legacy of failed foreign water infrastructure in the region, any Chinese efforts to address water insecurity […]

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Uzbek Leader Warns Of Water Wars

Via World Bulletin, a report on Central Asian water challenges: Uzbek President Islam Karimov said Thursday that?full-scale war could begin in Central Asia if Kyrgyzstan does not stop building new water-power plants under Russian patronage.? “Cascade of water-power plants on cross-border rivers will leave?irrigation ditches without any water, and Aral Sea will run dry,” said […]

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