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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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Uzbekistan’s Impending Water Crisis

Via The Diplomat, a report on Uzbekistan’s impending water crisis: In November 2018, the first turbine of the Rogun hydropower plant went into operation. On September 9, 2019, the second turbine will be commissioned in honor of Tajikistan’s Independence Day. Tashkent has kept quiet — a break from the country’s past strident opposition to the dam project. […]

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Central Asia: Water Scarcity and Climate Change Threats

Via The Diplomat, interesting commentary on the threat facing Central Asia from water scarcity and climate change: Central Asian countries have a long list of potential security challenges: economic recession, the return of foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq, ethnic and political violence, and the spillover of the conflict in Afghanistan. This list is not […]

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Rapid Urbanization Increasing Pressure On Rural Water Supplies Globally

Via Phys.org, an article on a new report examining the increasing competition between cities and agriculture for water: An international team of researchers has carried out the first systematic global review of water reallocation from rural to urban regions—the practice of transferring water from rural areas to cities to meet demand from growing urban populations. They […]

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Deadly Water Disputes Intensify in Central Asia as Glaciers Melt

Via Circle of Blue, a look at Central Asian water tensions: In Central Asia, small-scale water conflicts flare frequently along the jigsaw borders that separate Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Sometimes, these disagreements turn deadly. Under Soviet rule, water-rich Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan provided much of the water needed for the region’s agriculture, which is fed by canals […]

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In Kyrgyzstan, Warming Brings Less Water and More Conflict

Via Reuters, a report on rising water tension in Central Asia: In the Kyrgyz village of Kok Tal, it is the jarring sound of Bahadyr Mamatgapirov’s mobile phone that breaks the serenity of dawn. “Get here soon if you need water for your farm,” he abruptly tells one caller. Within moments it rings again. “Wake […]

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