Examining the water, development and security linkages in Central Asia can feel a bit like solving a Rubik’s cube. The Rubik’s cube starts to usually find structure and the different pieces find their places when its solver adopts a systematic approach. Still, solving the whole cube takes time and perseverance. This is also the case with water and security in Central Asia as demonstrated by the chapters in this book. In the case of water and security in Central Asia, there are many "faces", including not only the Central Asian states but also the neighbouring countries and other players of global geopolitics; "stickers" such as policies, practices, causes, and impacts; and "colours" such as the different stakeholders, ranging from the micro and meso levels to the macro level. Understanding all these, or getting clarity on the nexus, can seem extremely challenging. Even though none of the chapters alone answers the question of what constitutes water and security in Central Asia, each of them gives thoughtful ideas and information on the complexity of the issue.
This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.
1. Introduction: Water and Security in Central Asia—Solving a Rubik’s Cube 2. Nouns and Numbers of the Water –Energy–Security Nexus in Central Asia 3. Regional Options for Addressing the Water, Energy and Food Nexus in Central Asia and the Aral Sea Basin 4. The Major Central Asian River Basins: An Assessment of Vulnerability 5. The Role of Virtual Water Flows in Physical Water Scarcity: The Case of Central Asia 6. Principles of Transboundary Water Resources Management and Water-related Agreements in Central Asia: An Analysis 7. Water Quantity and Quality in the Zerafshan River Basin: Only an Upstream Riparian Problem? 8. A Programme Theory Approach in Measuring Impacts of Irrigation Management Transfer Interventions: The Case of Central Asia 9. Meso-level Cooperation on Transboundary Tributaries and Infrastructure in the Ferghana Valley 10. Is It Possible to Shift to Hydrological Boundaries? The Ferghana Valley Meshed System 11. Challenges and Opportunities for Transboundary Water Cooperation in Central Asia: Findings from UNECE’s Regional Assessment and Project Work
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