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Dam Building and Water Tensions in the Caucasus

Via Eurasianet, a report on dam building and rising water tensions in the Caucusus: Among many other threats, global climate change promises unprecedented water variability in the South Caucasus. The region is facing increasingly erratic rainfall and snowmelt, which is endangering drinking supplies, agricultural output, and hydropower generation. This is made still more complicated by […]

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Don’t Water It Down: The Role of Water Security in the Armenia-Azerbaijan War

Via Eurasianet, a look at how water disputes helped escalate the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict into all-out war and how – left unaddressed – they pose the same risk again: Just three months after the end of last year’s war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, President Ilham Aliyev traveled to the Lachin district for a photo-op at the […]

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Lake Urmiya in Iranian Azerbaijan May Soon Cease to Exist

Via Window on Eurasia, a report on the Lake Urmiya: Yasir Rakhbardin, who is in charge of water supplies in the Iranian province of Western Azerbaijan, says that Lake Urmiya, on which the region has long depended, may soon cease to exist, a development that will likely produce both a humanitarian disaster and more conflict […]

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Kazakhstan Ratifies Protocol on Caspian Sea

Via The Frontier Post, an article on the Caspian Sea: The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, signed a law on the ratification of the protocol on the protection of the Caspian from pollution from land sources and as a result of activities carried out on land to the Framework Convention for the Protection of the […]

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Caspian Faces “Catastrophic Drop in Water Levels” This Century

Via EurasiaNet, a report on the plight of the Caspian that may make the Aral Sea merely a forewarning of what is ahead: As the globe warms and sea levels rise, the lands abutting the Caspian Sea are facing the opposite problem. Forecasters expect a sharp drop in precipitation in Central Asia and increased evaporation […]

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As Tensions Rise in the Southern Caucasus, Water Shortages Continue

Via Circle of Blue, a report on water tensions in the Southern Caucasus: Tensions are rising again between Armenia and Azerbaijan after an escalation at the border killed at least 16 service members in July. The decades-long conflict has left water supply networks in disrepair and exacerbated water shortages for civilians in both countries. The […]

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