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Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Facilitating Regional Security in Central Asia through Improved Management of Transboundary Water Basin Resources, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 20-22 June 2006
This hugely important text addresses the growing concerns over water resources in Central Asia.
Based on a NATO-sponsored Advanced Research Workshop, it deals with the myriad problems involving shared freshwater among the countries in this region, including those involving ecology, law, economics, politics, and integrated water management.
Against the backdrop of the Aral Sea problem, leading experts address issues related to transboundary water management.
As populations grow and the overall demand for water increases, the various and often competing demands for the finite stock of freshwater will increase.
These shortages can lead to ecological/resource inefficiencies, economic/industrial problems, degradation of human health, social instability, and even conflict.
The Central Asian republics and neighboring countries are currently experiencing these problems - problems that will become exacerbated by global climate change, increasing population and growing demands for water.
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