Archive for the ‘Balkhash-Alakol Basin’ Category

Is Balkhash Facing Fate of Aral Sea?

Via Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting, a report on Lake Balkhash’s complex hydro future: Now Balkhash is a natural site. If a nuclear power plant is built on the lake, it will turn into an industrial pond. It will let China limit the Ili river flow feeding the lake, and the new load on […]

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What Is Causing Lake Balkhash To Shrink?

Via the Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting, an article on Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan: Balkhash, the largest lake in Kazakhstan (14th in the world), could dry up and repeat the fate of the Aral Sea due to China’s intensive water withdrawal, unsustainable agriculture and the effects of climate change. How does Kazakhstan solve the problem […]

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Lake Balkhash: A Future Aral Sea?

Via Registan, an interesting look at Lake Balkhash which – due to the international nature of the watershed, the development of oil in China and heavy industry on the its shores – may unfortunately be on track for a similar fate as The Aral Sea unless China, Kazakhstan and the other Central Asian nations work […]

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China and Central Asia: Working Together to Manage the Balkhash-Alakol Basin

News from the Central Asia Water site that a draft agreement on the use of the Balkhash-Alakol Basin has been prepared. As the article notes: “…Kazakhstan’s Minister of Environmental Protection Nurlan Iskakov stated that Kazakhstan, China and Kyrgyzstan prepared an agreement on rational use of the Balkhash-Alakol basin. According to the Minister, ecological consequences of […]

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