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Archive for January, 2013

Laos Finally Called Out Over Xayaburi Dam

Courtesy of The Diplomat, commentary on the the region’s concerns over the Xayaburi Dam: Vietnam and Cambodia have finally found their voice. After months of obfuscating their position on the Lao government’s insistence on constructing the Xayaburi Dam and blocking the main stream of the Mekong River, leaders from both countries have pushed diplomatic niceties […]

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Role Of Institutions In Water Politics And Water Security

Via the Universities Council on Water Resources, an academic look at how identifying the resilient factors within a system may reduce water security concerns and enhance cooperation: Water security is the availability of freshwater in the right quantity and quality, at the right times, for dependent systems. This is a prerequisite for human and environmental […]

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Vietnam And Cambodia Tell Laos To Stop $3.5bn Mekong River Dam Project

Via The Guardian, an update on the long simmering regional argument over the Xayaburi dam: Vietnam urged Laos to halt construction of a $3.5bn (£2.2bn) hydropower dam on Mekong River pending further study, environmental activists said on Friday. Cambodia, downriver from the Xayaburi dam, accused Laos of failing to consult on the project, activists said. […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Across Much of China, Huge Harvests Irrigated with Industrial and Agricultural Runoff

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a detailed look at the world’s largest grain producer: The horizon gleams with a golden hue from the wheat fields that spread in all directions here in Shandong, a prime food-growing province on the lower reaches of the Yellow River. As hundreds of farmers spread the wheat like massive carpets […]

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Sharing Central Asia’s Waters: The Case Of Afghanistan

Via the International Water Law Project, a look at Afghanistan’s regional water issues: Afghanistan has four major river basins.  All are international watercourses as that term is defined in the 1997 UN Convention on the Law of Non-navigable Uses of International Watercourses.  When looking at the waters in Afghanistan the regional history cannot be ignored […]

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Could Chinese Loans Pull China Into African Water Conflicts?

Via ChinaDialogue, an article on the possibility that Chinese-funded dam and irrigation projects may nurture conflict in Africa: China has made great efforts to support poverty reduction in Africa, and likes to present itself as a friend of the African people. But loans for contentious dam and irrigation projects now threaten to pull China into […]

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