Archive for the ‘Aral Basin’ Category

The Water Wars Coming to Central Asia

Via Foreign Policy, a report on rising water tensions in Central Asia where the situation has been bad for decades, but the Taliban threaten to make them worse: In Turkmenistan, household faucets are running dry and locusts are devouring crops. In Kazakhstan, a state of emergency has been declared as the Caspian Sea shrinks to […]

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Northern Remnant of Aral Sea Struggling to Survive

Via Window on Eurasia, a report on challenges faced by the northern segment of the Aral Sea: Two decades ago, the World Bank provided funding to allow Kazakhstan to construct a dam isolating the northern segment of the Aral Sea in the hopes of saving it from the sad fate of the rest of that […]

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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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