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Archive for October, 2008

Enhancing Regional Cooperation on Central Asian Waterways

As recently reported by the European Water News, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is aiming to enhance regional cooperation on vital Central Asian waterways whose management and protection are crucial to the region’s economic growth and social well-being. As the article notes: “…The Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers, which criss-cross a large part of […]

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Transboundary Aquifiers & An Atlas of Hidden Water

As reported by the Environmental News Service, the UN General Assembly has a draft of a new international treaty to safeguard the enormous pools of underground water shared by more than one country which have long been neglected under international law despite their environmental, social, economic and strategic importance.  As the report notes “…the draft […]

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U.S. Southwest: The Last Straw for Desert Sprawl?

From the always interesting Patagonia corporate blog, a story from Southwestern Utah, where the most recent example of water resource redirection is being played out. As the article notes: “…In the 1990s, St. George, Utah outpaced Las Vegas as the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the U.S.; it now sits just behind Greeley, Colorado. The Lake […]

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Keep the Powder (River) Dry – Let the American Water Wars Begin!

As recently reported by the Portland Water Bureau’s online site, the US Supreme Court has assigned a California attorney to moderate a dispute between the states of Montana and Wyoming over water rights in the Tongue and Powder rivers. Both rivers rise in Wyoming and flow into Montana.  As the article notes: “…In a lawsuit […]

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Holes in the Dike: Prospects for the Central Asian Water Accord Holding

Via Windows on Eurasia, a sanguine – but possibly quite realistic – view on the potential of the recently announced Central Asian water accord holding due to the complexity of the agreement and the widening differences in wealth/growth of the member states.  As the article notes: “…After the CIS summit in Bishkek, the five post-Soviet […]

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Water Politics Prevent Parties From Even Getting to Bargaining Table

As recently reported by Terra Daily, a conference of European Union and Mediterranean states due to take place in Jordan has been postponed indefinitely because of regional tensions.  This situation – where parties gathering to discuss water (as a prelude to avoiding water conflicts) have not even been able to get to the negotiating table […]

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