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Central Eurasian Water Crisis : Caspian, Aral, and Dead Seas
     

Central Eurasian Water Crisis : Caspian, Aral, and Dead Seas

by Iwao Kobori (Editor), Michael H. Glantz (Editor)
 

"Central Eurasian Water Crisis" refers to the awareness by the global community that, in the 21st century, people in various regions around the world will likely face problems of water quality and water quantity. These problems have already surfaced in several locations, and this volume focuses on three of them: the Dead Sea, the Aral Sea, and the Caspian Sea

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"Central Eurasian Water Crisis" refers to the awareness by the global community that, in the 21st century, people in various regions around the world will likely face problems of water quality and water quantity. These problems have already surfaced in several locations, and this volume focuses on three of them: the Dead Sea, the Aral Sea, and the Caspian Sea regions. In this book, researchers from a variety of physical and social science disciplines seek to identify the water-related problems and the prospects for resolving them.

They explain that the water level of the Dead Sea has been declining in recent years, and this has added to political tensions in the region. They explore how the need to resolve environmental issues related to the Dead Sea might be a major step toward peaceful cooperation. The Aral Sea, also declining in recent decades, has been threatened by the use of river water to serve cotton development in the sands of otherwise dry Central Asian deserts. And the Caspian Sea, the largest inland sea in the world, has gone through decadal-scale fluctuations over the past 150 years. One of the richest regions in the world with regard to oil and gas reserves, its environmental problems (oil and waste pollution, desertification, the survival of the sturgeon, and the fluctuating sea level) will only serve to worsen other regional political problems, unless they are addressed in the near future.

This volume attempts to raise as many questions as it answers about Eurasian water crises. These cases will serve as lessons of actions to be taken--or not taken.

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Researchers from various physical and social science disciplines examine water-related problems and possible solutions in the Aral, Caspian, and Dead Sea regions. Introductory chapters discuss Central Eurasian water perspectives and review arid land studies and major environmental problems in world lakes, and a final chapter looks at the role of international organizations such as the UNU and the World Bank in the integrated management of international water bodies. Chapters on specific regions analyze aspects including socio-economic development, environmental policy, and the role of academic research. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789280809251
Publisher:
United Nations University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Water Resources Management and Policy Series
Pages:
203
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.49(d)

Meet the Author

Iwao Kobori is a programme advisor at the United Nations University in Tokyo. Michael H. Glantz is a senior scientist in the Environmental and Social Impacts Group (ESIG), a program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.

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