320 pages | 81 Color Illus.
This book offers the first multidisciplinary overview of water resources issues and management in the Aral Sea Basin, covering both the Amu Daray and Syr Darya River Basins.
The two main rivers of Amu Darya and Syr Darya and their tributaries comprise the Aral Sea Basin area and are the lifeline for about 70 million inhabitants in Central Asia. Written by regional and international experts this book critically examines the current state, trends and future of water resources management and development in this major part of the Central Asia region. It brings together insights on the history of water management in the region, surface and groundwater assessment, issues of transboundary water management and environmental degradation and restoration, and overview of importance of water for the key economic sectors and overall socio-economic development of Central Asian countries, as well as of regional hydro politics in the region. The book also focusses on the future of water sector development in the Basin, including a review of local and international actors, as well as an analysis of the current status and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals by Basin countries.
The book will be essential reading for readers interested in sea basin management, environmental policy in Central Asia and water resource management more widely. It will also act as a reference source for decision makers in state agencies, as well as a background source of information for NGOs.
"While a lot has been written and said about water management (and mismanagement) in this region before, there is hardly an analogue that brings all these issues under one umbrella. This is essentially the first multidisciplinary volume on the subject… This Book will hopefully become a reference source on the Aral Sea basin for a wide range of stakeholders from different disciplines and professional backgrounds, from within the Central Asia region and internationally." - From the Foreword by Guyzgeldi Bayjanov, Chairman of the Executive Committee of The International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea
Foreword by Guyzgeldi Bayjanov
Stefanos Xenarios, Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt, Manzoor Qadir, Barbara Janusz-Pawletta, Iskandar Abdullaev and Vladimir Smakhtin
2. History of Water Management in the Aral Sea Basin
Iskandar Abdullaev, Kai Wegerich and Jusipbek Kazbekov
3. Surface Water Resources
Kakhramon Djumaboev, Oyture Anarbekov, Bunyod Holmatov, Ahmad Hamidov, Zafar Gafurov, Makhliyo Murzaeva, Janez Sušnik, Shreedhar Maskey, Hamid Mehmood and Vladimir Smakhtin
4. Groundwater resources
Abror Gafurov, Vadim Yapiyev, Mohamed Ahmed, Jay Sagin, Ali Torabi Haghighi, Aigul Akylbekova and Bjørn Kløve
Frank Schrader, Anvar Kamolidinov, Maksud Bekhanov, Murodbek Laljebaev and Stella Tsani
6. Environmental Degradation
Alisher Mirzabaev, Jamal Annagylyjova and Iroda Amirova
7. Water for Agriculture and other Economic Sectors
Asel Murzakulova, Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt, Dagmar Balla, Dietrich Darr, Ahmad Hamidov, Ulan Kasymov, Roman Mendelevitch and Serik Orazgaliyev
8. The Status and Role of the alpine Cryosphere in the Aral Sea Basin
Martin Hoelzle, Martina Barandun, Tobias Bolch, Joel Fiddes, Abror Gafurov, Veruska Muccione, Tomas Saks and Maria Shaghedanova
9. Transboundary Water Management
10. Local and national institutions and policies governing water resources management
Manon Cassara, Jelle Beekma, Lucia de Strasser, Oyture Anarbekov, Makhliyo Murzaeva, Sara Giska and Andrei Dörre
11. International actors and initiatives for sustainable water management
Jenniver Sehring, Dinara Ziganshina, Marton Krasznai and Thijs Stoffelen
12. Water Resources Future
Saghit Ibatullin and Dinara Ziganshina
13. Implementing Water-Related Sustainable Development Goals in the Aral Sea Basin
Aziza Baubekova and Anastasia Kvasha
Large river basins are dynamic and complex entities. Defined by hydrological boundaries, they are nearly always shared by more than one country. Encompassing a diverse range of landscapes with often huge temporal and spatial variability of resources, they are put to different and often conflicting uses, and managed by a range of institutions and organisations. While an intrinsic part of Nature, many have been extensively engineered and used by people, often with adverse consequences. Each major river basin has its own development trajectory and often fascinating history. Bringing together multidisciplinary teams of experts, this series explores these complex issues, identifies knowledge gaps and examines potential development pathways towards greater sustainability.