Dependency ratio in renewable water
The dependency ratio is a good indicator of where tension and conflict over water-sharing and use can occur. The map clearly depicts such areas including central Asia, the Middle East (especially Syria and Iraq), India and Pakistan, and surprisingly, low land countries such as the Netherlands.
26 Jan 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, February 2006
Excessive withdrawal of renewable water resources
The countries known to be experiencing stress or scarcity of water per capita are roughly those which are excessively using their renewable water resources (North Africa, Middle-East and central Asia including Afghanistan and Pakistan). Excessive use is also of concern in some of the northern European countries such as Germany, Denmark or Poland. More so, as a consequence of damming, the Tigris and Euphrates in the eastern mountains of Turkey are...
26 Jan 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde diplomatique), February 2006
Glacier recession and expansion in Hindu Kush-Himalayas and Central Asia
Averaged over their entire areas, within the period 1960–
2003 glaciers in Patagonia and Alaska have thinned by ap-
proximately 35 m and 25 m, respectively, whereas high
mountain glaciers in Asia have thinned by over 10 m. Data
for Patagonia and Alaska are computed from glacier surface
elevations for dozens of glaciers. In many other high moun-
tain environments such as the Himalayas and the high Andes,
where data are limited due to bo...
06 Dec 2010 - by Riccardo Pravettoni
Saiga Antelope populations
The Saiga Antelope is a migratory herbivore of the steppes and deserts of Central Asia and Russia, capable of travelling hundreds of kilometres north to south on its annual migrations. Saigas have been hunted since prehistoric times and today poaching remains the primary threat to this critically endangered species. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Saiga populations crashed by more than 95% within a decade.
While a number of Saiga po...
15 Nov 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal