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We often associate the Caspian Sea with caviar that is legally or illegally finding its way to our tables, but overlook the footprints left by a number of industries installed on shores of the Caspian that are serving the world wealthiest market demands. The struggle for access to the vast resources of this unique and fragile ecosystem and the development of new transportation routes between Europe and Asia continue to shape the geopolitical and security conditions in and around the world's largest body of inland water. These and other developments pose complex challenges in the efforts of countries to improve the damaged ecosystems that the local communities are depending on.
Vital Caspian Graphics: Challenges Beyond Caviar examines very complex, yet fascinating issues affecting the environment of the Caspian Sea and the surrounding areas. Illustrated with more than 50 maps and diagrams, it provides a well-researched, well-documented and up-to-date analysis of the geopolitical, economic, environmental, population and security conditions that have resulted to a blend of competition and reluctant collaboration among nation states, complex economic interests, as well as legal, political, and ideological struggle in the region. It also features a number of earlier published newspaper articles that are relevant to the issues addressed. In view of the profound significance of the Caspian Sea region to global and regional environmental security, Vital Caspian Graphics will be an invaluable tool for individuals, academics, governments, and corporations.