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Turning Siberian Rivers South: Central Asian Water Security

Via Terra Daily, a report that Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev recently resurrected a Soviet plan by suggesting that Russia should divert Siberian rivers so that they flow into Central Asia.  According to the article:

“…Why not recall a project to divert the flow of Siberian rivers into the southern regions of Russia and Kazakhstan as we discussed today and yesterday?” said Nazarbayev, speaking alongside his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

“Over time, this problem may turn out very large (and) necessary to secure drinking water for the entire Central Asian region,” Nazarbayev said at a regional summit in the Kazakh town of Ust-Kamenogorsk.

“Unfortunately today the issues of water securityave been left without proper attention,” he said, adding that the region’s countries should join forces to secure water supply for the region.

The idea of diverting Siberia’s north-flowing rivers towards the south was once very popular in the Soviet Union where scores of scientists worked on the plan which was eventually dropped.

Environmentalists say such a move would have catastrophic consequences but Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has repeatedly floated the idea in recent years….”



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