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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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Water Sharing Tensions Between Iran and Afghanistan Still High as Droughts Ease

Via Future Directions International, a look at water tensions between Iran and Afghanistan: Both Iran and Afghanistan have suffered from prolonged droughts over the last several years. In Afghanistan, the worst drought in decades directly affected two-thirds of the country in 2018-19. Around ten million Afghans were severely impacted by the drought and at least 300,000 were displaced as a result. […]

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Water Politics Heat Up Under Worsening Climate in Afghanistan

Via Thomson Reuters Foundation News, a very interesting article by Stephanie Glinski on how measures to help Afghanistan’s farmers access more water for irrigation could heighten tensions with the nation’s neighbours: In a good year, farmer and mother-of-four Zahra Tawakole can produce enough potatoes from her hectare of land in the small Afghan village of […]

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Thirst Stalking Towns In The Himalayas

Via India Climate Dialogue, a look at how urban settlements in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region are facing acute water scarcity due to dying mountain springs and changes brought on by climate change: The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is the water tower for most of Asia, but many of its residents face increasing water […]

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Climate Change Impacts Afghanistan’s Prospects For Peace

Via National Geographic, a look at the impact that drought and climate change are having upon Afghanistan: As dry months turned to parched years, Fatemeh watched the crops in her northwestern Afghan province of Badghis wither and her cattle die of thirst. Hunger turned to desperation, and eighteen months ago, her farming family begged a […]

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Water Insecurity in Central Asia: A Steppe on the One Belt, One Road Initiative?

Via Future Directions International, a look at water insecurity in Central Asia: Central Asia is integral to Chinese efforts to increase its global connectivity. Natural resource constraints, including access to water, could undermine its influence in the region. Given the legacy of failed foreign water infrastructure in the region, any Chinese efforts to address water […]

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