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Kazakhstan Moves to Ease Water Conflict in Central Asia

Via Geopolitical Monitor, a report on Kazakhstan’s effort to ease water conflict in Central Asia: An early August meeting of Central Asian heads of state in Turkmenistan addressed issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and regional consequences of renewed Taliban control of Afghanistan. Additionally, there was one interesting proposal that is quite relevant to the challenges that […]

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The Soviet Water Legacy in Central Asia

Via The Diplomat, a look at the complex Soviet legacy in Central Asia’s water and energy infrastructure: The Soviet water and energy legacy has been a painful issue for the countries of Central Asia for a long time. But the dynamics of relations between the countries of the region in the last five years demonstrate […]

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Anger, Frustration Increase As Central Asia’s Drought Continues

Via Radio Free Europe, an article on Central Asia’s drought: Most of Central Asia is experiencing an extreme drought this year, and the people there know that all too well. They swelter in scorching heat and record temperatures amid a severe lack of rain. But that does not stop them from looking for someone to […]

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What Is Causing Lake Balkhash To Shrink?

Via the Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting, an article on Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan: Balkhash, the largest lake in Kazakhstan (14th in the world), could dry up and repeat the fate of the Aral Sea due to China’s intensive water withdrawal, unsustainable agriculture and the effects of climate change. How does Kazakhstan solve the problem […]

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Central Asia: Running Out of Water

Via IWMI, an article on water in Central Asia: To ensure that the voices of his region are heard at the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit, Oyture Anarbekov, IWMI’s Country Manager for Uzbekistan, convened a regional dialogue with partners that focused on the challenges facing Central Asia and the interconnected nature of food and water systems. […]

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Kazakhstan’s Lake Balkhash Is Disappearing

Via Circle of Blue, an article on Kazakhstan’s shrinking Lake Balkhash: Viewed from space, the Balkhash drainage basin resembles a shape of life: many thin blue veins, flowing towards their heart. The likeness is fitting, as survival in southeastern Kazakhstan, an area exposed to dusty winds and extreme heat, depends on Lake Balkhash and the seven […]

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