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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Tibet’s Rivers Will Determine Asia’s Future

Via The Diplomat, a look at the dawn of a new era of building dams on the Yarlung Tsangpo, where countless lives and ecosystems are being risked in the name of “development” and geopolitics: Over the last seven decades, the People’s Republic of China has constructed more than 87,000 dams. Collectively they generate 352.26 GW of […]

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Afghanistan: Water Management For Peace

Courtesy of The Lowry Institute, a report on how Afghan efforts to formalize agreements with neighbouring countries over water usage could go a long way towards preventing conflict: In the optimistic view, Afghanistan is closer to peace today than at any time in the past decades. The presidential election last weekend may have been hampered by low turnout, […]

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Pakistan’s Groundwater

Via Third Pole, a look at the more than 400 million acre feet of existing fresh water storage that exists in Pakistan’s riverine aquifers, and may be the key to managing the country’s water security: The groundwater system underneath Pakistan’s flowing rivers in the Indus plains has at least 400 million acre feet (MAF) of […]

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Indus Water Treaty: Pakistan Complaints Over Excess Discharge Of Water From India

Via Eurasia Review, a report on recent Pakistani complaints of excess discharge of water from India: Muammil Hussain Chairman of WAPDA of Pakistan, complained about the unexpected release of water into Sutlej that flows into Pakistan from India as part of an attempt to flout the Indus Water Treaty! In accusing India, he went beyond his […]

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Pakistan: The Indus Water Treaty And The Hydro Politics

Via Eurasia Review, commentary on the Indus Water Treaty and water politics in Pakistan and beyond: The Islamabad Policy Research Institute sponsored a round table Conference on 17th July on the subject of “Managing Hyphenated Climate and Water Challenge: A case study of Pakistan under the National Dialogue Series.  The National Dialogue Series was initiated by […]

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The Unwinnable Contest For Himalayan Water Resources

Via East Asia Forum, commentary on the competing draws on Himalayan water supplies: For millions of years, monsoonal winds have cycled between Asia’s tropical seas and the Tibetan Plateau, delivering snow to its high-altitude mountains and rains to the plains below them. The melting snow and summer rains combine to create a system of rivers […]

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