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Archive for April, 2010

The Thirsty Dragon And Parched Elephant: Moving Towards Trust?

Via India’s Economic Times, Indian media have recently been running a story that China has “admitted” that it is building a dam (Zangmu) project on the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra River).  As the article notes: “…After several years of denying the existence of any river project on the Brahmaputra, China has finally admitted to India that […]

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Water Resources for the Powerful?

Via Daral Hyat, a review of developments between the seven upstream Nile countries who recently announced that they will sign a framework agreement that will overlook the two downstream countries Egypt and Sudan, and reduce their shares of the water.  As this article notes, Cairo threatened that it will respond firmly to any move that […]

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Central Asia’s Water

Via WaterWired, an interesting pointer towards a detailed report on Central Asian water recently published by UNDP’s Water Governance Facility at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).  As the article notes, water is a key issue in one of the most strategically important regions in the world in which Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan all […]

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Mekong Water Politics: Four + Two = Problems

Courtesy of The San Francisco Chronicle, Dr. Peter Gleick weighs in on the coming crisis over the Mekong due to unconstrained development, natural droughts, and climate change.  As he notes, much of the problem can be distilled down to the fact that while six nations share the watershed of the Mekong — China, Myanmar, Cambodia, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Working To Defuse Mekong Water Tensions

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), some additional analysis on the recent Mekong River summit to discuss the health of the Mekong River and the possibility that China may have to do more to ease these water tensions in order to prevent other international players from undermining its influence in the region.  As the article notes: […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Mekong Enemies In Times Of Low Flow

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on the increasing tensions between China and the other nations — Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam —that share the Mekong River downstream.  As the article notes: “…In southern China, the worst drought in at least 50 years has dried up farmers’ fields and left tens of […]

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