The major central asian river basins: An assessment of vulnerability

Olli Varis*, Matti Kummu

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Abstract

Central Asia's hydrological systems and environment have undergone incomparable changes during recent decades. By using various geospatial and national databases, the socio-economic-environmental vulnerability of the region's major river basins with regard to stress factors related to governance, economy, social issues, environment, hazards, and water scarcity was assessed. A vulnerability profile for each basin was produced and compared with those of the Asia-Pacific's 10 major river basins. Each of the factors appeared quite important for the overall vulnerability. It is thus crucial to focus attention holistically on all the analyzed sectors when trying to solve the challenges in Central Asian waters

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater and Security in Central Asia: Solving a Rubik's Cube
Pages39-58
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781134923250
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2016
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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