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Environment and Security: Central Asia - Ferghana/Osh/Khujand Area
Environment and Security: Central Asia - Ferghana/Osh/Khujand Area
This is part of an in-depth assessment report of the environmental and security situation in the Ferghana valley that was released on the occasion of the conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 27 May 2005. The report is part of a one-year process carried out in close collaboration with the three countries, has identified several clusters of issues o ...
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Water management in Central Asia: state and impact
The withdrawal of water for irrigated agriculture has caused a social and environmental crisis in the Aral Sea Basin. Drying up of the sea has been accompanied by a wide range of other environmental, economic and social ...
16 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Central Asia: political transition and environmental risks
The Environment and Security consultations in Ashgabat in 2003 pinpointed the Ferghana valley as an area of significant concern in Central Asia (UNEP, UNDP, OSCE 2003) The graphic shows the priority geographic areas and ...
16 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Environment and Security priority areas in the Ferghana Valley
The graphic shows an outline of the areas within the Ferghana Valley which are subjects to disputes over water resources and borders, disputes between private and collective farmers, deforestation and overuse of pasture....
16 Mar 2006 - by Viktor Novikov and Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Climate change and natural disaster impacts in the Ferghana Valley
Central Asia is a disaster-prone area, exposed to various natural hazards such as floods, droughts, avalanches, rockslide and earthquakes. It is also vulnerable to man-made disasters related to industrial activity and th...
16 Mar 2006 - by Viktor Novikov, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Causual pathway of conflict over resources
For violence to occur there should be someone able to extract economic profit from the situation. Access to specific natural resources is a factor that can motivate actors to use violence as means of control (diamonds, o...
16 Mar 2006 - by Luigi de Martino and Viktor Novikov
Radioactive, chemical and biological hazards in Central Asia
The Soviet development model for Central Asia was based on building large-scale irrigation schemes enabling the region to become a major cotton producer and expanding the mining and processing industry. Industrial operat...
16 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Land issues in the Ferghana valley
The high demographic pressure on limited land resources coincides with a lack of jobs and economic prospects especially in marginalized areas but increasingly in the irrigated areas of Uzbekistan. These factors are trigg...
16 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Oblasts in the Ferghana Valley area
One important outcome of the ENVSEC consultations in Osh in 2004 has been the re- establishment of communication between environmental authorities from the oblasts of the three countries constituting the Ferghana Valley....
16 Mar 2006 - by Viktor Novikov, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Hazardous industrial waste in Kadamjai
The Kadamjai antimony plant in southern Kyrgyzstan stands close to the Uzbek border and the town of the same name. The plant annually consumes 20 000 tones of ore. Ore waste dumps are exposed to erosion by rain and wind ...
16 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Population density in the Ferghana Valley province
Given the importance of agriculture for the whole Ferghana basin, natural resources such as land and water have historically been amongst the most important factor in this regions development. The size of the population ...
31 Oct 2006 - by Viktor Novikov, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Population trends for Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
Output by the Central Asian economies dropped sharply after independence with subsequent fall in living conditions. Poverty is widespread, especially in rural areas. Communal services have broken down in many areas, stra...
16 Mar 2006 - by Viktor Novikov, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Radioactive waste in Taboshar
The Taboshar uranium mining site stands on the southern edge of the Kuramin Mountains close the Uzbek - Tajik border. The site consists of a non - rehabilitated open mine, dismantled production buildings, and three taili...
16 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Rising water levels in the Spitamen district (Tajikistan)
Sudden releases of water into the Spitamen district from Kyrgyzstan are regularly endangering the neighboring Tajik arable land downstream and villages along the river. The Tajik communities are convinced upstream Kyrgyz...
16 Mar 2006 - by Viktor Novikov, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Metal production in the South Kyrgyz mines of the Ferghana Valley
In the soviet period the industrial operations paid little attention to environment or public health, resulting in the accumulation of pollutants in the local environment. Because of their vulnerability to natural hazard...
16 Mar 2006 - by Viktor Novikov, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Walnut forest in the Jalal-Abad province (Kyrgyzstan)
The walnut forest is remnants of Central Asia Tertiary era subtropical forests. They are located primarily in the northern slopes of the Ferghana and Chatkal ranges of the Tien Shan and on the southern slopes of the Giss...
16 Mar 2006 - by Viktor Novikov, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Environment and Security Initiative : Today`s priorities and future challenges
The pilot phase of the initiative in 2003 assessed environmental threats in Central Asia and South –Eastern Europe, two regions where environmental concerns have clear security implications. The Southern Caucasus joined ...
16 Mar 2006 - by Viktor Novikov and Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Water withdrawal and availability in Aral Sea basin
Agriculture is a mainstay of Central Asia’s economy. With the economic crisis following independence it has become even more important. Agriculture being almost entirely dependent upon irrigation, access to water is of s...
16 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Topography and hydrography of the Ferghana Valley
To date there are three main groups of issues that are relevant to environmental and security issues in the region. These are access to and quality if natural resources (primarily water and land but also forest and more...
03 Oct 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Gross National Income (GNI) kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
The rationale of the common soviet market and economic system has disappeared, forcing Central Asian states to find their own position in the global market without the support of a redistributive economy. Their geographi...
16 Mar 2006 - by Viktor Novikov, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Trends in regional average surface temperature in the Ferghana Valley area
An important factor when looking at the region in terms of environment and security is the impact of climate change in Central Asia in general, and Ferghana Valley in particular. By modifying people’s livelihood, climate...
16 Mar 2006 - by Viktor Novikov, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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