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Title (Primary) Water resources and their management in central Asia in the early twenty first century: status, challenges and future prospects
Author Karthe, D.; Chalov, S.R.; Borchardt, D.;
Journal Environmental Earth Sciences
Year 2015
Department ASAM;
Volume 73
Issue 2
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T32;
Keywords Central Asia ; Hydrology; Water quality; Aquatic ecosystems; Water resources management; Transboundary rivers/lakes
UFZ wide themes RU2;
Abstract Large parts of Central Asia are characterized by a semiarid to arid climate. Therefore, areas close to shallow groundwater, rivers and lakes are characterized by unique water-dependent ecosystems and human societies which have developed over millennia in close interaction with the naturally limited water resources. In the early 21st century, global climate change, population growth, river damming, large-scale water abstractions and rising levels of pollution exert multiple pressures on the region’s water resources, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems at historically high levels. Water scarcity threatens the livelihood of populations locally and in transboundary settings by a growing competition over a limited resource. This context is of particular importance since all major rivers of the region cross at least one international border. The complexity and character of water-related challenges in the region mean that management approaches need to be integrative, taking into account the natural resource basis, environmental limits and the socio-cultural and geopolitical dimension. This paper frames the thematic issue of Environmental Earth Sciences and provides a comprehensive overview about the current state of knowledge about water resources and their management in Central Asia. There is a focus on case studies looking at the Selenga–Baikal–Angara Basin, the Lake Aral Basin including the Syr Darya and Amu Darya river systems, the Tarim and the Illi River Basins. Aiming to be an up-to-date interdisciplinary scientific reference on the region’s water-related challenges, this thematic issue gives theoretical and practical insights into solutions and best practice examples of water management.
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Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=15397
Karthe, D., Chalov, S.R., Borchardt, D. (2015):
Water resources and their management in central Asia in the early twenty first century: status, challenges and future prospects
Environ. Earth Sci. 73 (2), 487 - 499