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Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis for the Caspian Sea, Caspian Environment Programme, 2002.
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Caspian coastline vulnerable to flooding
Original cartography by Philippe Rekacewicz (le Monde Diplomatique) assisted by Laura Margueritte and Cecile Marin, later updated by Riccardo Pravettoni (GRID-Arendal), Novikov, Viktor (Zoi Environment Network)
Uncertainty regarding future variations in the sea level
is holding back the development of many coastal zones
suitable for holiday amenities or the construction of
ports. But stretches of the Caspian coast are already
packed with unsustainable tourist developments. The
Iranian coastal area, home to some 7 million people, has
registered a 5 per cent annual increase in population over
the past decade. Demographic pressure has turned the
area close to the sea into residential property, despite the
risk of flooding. In 2007 the government of Turkmenistan
approved the start of the Avaza national tourism zone,
a special economic space occupying 5 000 hectares on
the shore of the Caspian. It also authorized the complete
modernization of a seaport in Turkmenbashi.
The rising sea level also complicates further offshore
oil prospecting, currently expanding in the northeast
corner of the sea, off the coasts of Kazakhstan
and Russia. The very shallow water in this part poses
problems for access and safety.