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Environmental Problems of Central Asia and their Economic, Social and Security Impacts

Environmental Problems of Central Asia and their Economic, Social and Security Impacts

  • Author: Jiaguo Qi,Kyle T. Evered
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 1402089600
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 400
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Over the last 60 years, we have recognized increasingly that our world is connected, and the impacts of environmental catastrophes and economic crises in one region of our world have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences globally. Central Asia is a developing region with great potential, but there are valid concerns that current resource management practices are not sustainable, particularly with regard to the management of water resources. Recent changes in social structures, accompanied by regional climate change, have caused substantial environmental changes leading to security concerns in the region. As a result, the local economy has been significantly impacted to the extent that the potential for social unrest is of great concern. This book explores new technologies and adaptation strategies to mitigate these environmental problems and cope with continued environmental change with the ultimate goal of promoting sustainable growth and improved quality of life in the region.

Dryland East Asia: Land Dynamics amid Social and Climate Change

Dryland East Asia: Land Dynamics amid Social and Climate Change

  • Author: Jiquan Chen,Shiqiang Wan,Geoffrey Henebry,Jiaguo Qi,Garik Gutman,Ge Sun,Martin Kappas
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
  • ISBN: 3110287919
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 496
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Drylands in East Asia (DEA)are home to more than one billion people with an environment vulnerable to natural and anthropogenic changes. One of the critical needs in the region is to fully understand how dryland ecosystems respond to the changing climate and human activities in order to develop strategies to cope with continued climate change. This book provides state-of-the-art knowledge and information on drylands ecosystem dynamics, changing climate, society, and land use in the region. In addition to the synthesis of the existing research and knowledge of DEA, the book provides a role model for regional ecological assessment. With a wide spectrum of contributions from experts around the globe, the book should be of interest to researchers and students both internationally and in East Asia. Lessons learned from this synthesis effort in DEA should be useful for developing climate adaptation strategies for other similar regions around the globe.

Environmental Crises in Central Asia

Environmental Crises in Central Asia

From steppes to seas, from deserts to glaciers

  • Author: Eric Freedman,Mark Neuzil
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 131783609X
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 196
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Environmental conditions do not exist in a vacuum. They are influenced by science, politics, history, public policy, culture, economics, public attitudes, and competing priorities, as well as past human decisions. In the case of Central Asia, such Soviet-era decisions include irrigation systems and physical infrastructure that are now crumbling, mine tailings that leach pollutants into soil and groundwater, and abandoned factories that are physically decrepit and contaminated with toxic chemicals. Environmental Crises in Central Asia highlights major environmental challenges confronting the region’s former Soviet republics: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. They include threats to the Caspian and Aral seas, the impact of climate change on glaciers, desertification, deforestation, destruction of habitat and biodiversity, radioactive and hazardous wastes, water quality and supply, energy exploration and development, pesticides and food security, and environmental health. The ramifications of these challenges cross national borders and may affect economic, political, and cultural relationships on a vast geographic scale. At the same time, the region’s five governments have demonstrated little resolve to address these complex challenges. This book is a valuable multi-disciplinary resource for academics, scholars, and policymakers in environmental sciences, geography, political science, natural resources, mass communications, public health, and economics.

Sustainable Land Management in Greater Central Asia

Sustainable Land Management in Greater Central Asia

An Integrated and Regional Perspective

  • Author: Victor R. Squires,Lu Qi
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317394046
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 310
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Greater Central Asia encompasses a vast area that includes deserts, natural grasslands, steppes, shrublands and alpine regions. Many of these land types are degraded and productivity is falling at a time when human populations and livestock inventories are on the rise. Ecosystem stability and biodiversity are under threat and there is an urgent need to develop more sustainable land management regimes. This book uses an integrated regional approach to provide a comprehensive exploration of sustainable land development in Central Asia. An interdisciplinary team of experts analyses the economic, ecological, sociological, technological and political factors surrounding sustainable land and water management in the region, sharing potential problems and solutions. As international concern about desertification grows, the book concludes by asking how the region is likely to develop in the future. This book will be of value to scholars, students, policy makers and NGOs with an interest in sustainable development in Central Asia.

Forests and Climate Change in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Forests and Climate Change in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Climate change mitigation
  • Page: 189
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Rural, Environment, and Social Development Strategies for the Europe and Central Asia Region

Rural, Environment, and Social Development Strategies for the Europe and Central Asia Region

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: World Bank Publications
  • ISBN: 9780821348086
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 47
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This report proposes a World Bank strategy for assisting the rural, environmental, and social development of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It has been produced for a general audience partly for consultation purposes, and is therefore a work in progress. Each of the three areas of development is examined in separate chapters, and each summarises the World Bank assistance strategy in that area. The conclusion is that the challenge posed by the objectives of this report are far beyond the World Bank's abilities to achieve on its own.

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  • Author: Emily Hannah Licht
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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  • Page: 248
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Central Asian Security

Central Asian Security

The New International Context

  • Author: Roy Allison,Lena Jonson
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • ISBN: 9780815798538
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 296
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This volume is the first comprehensive scholarly analysis of the strategic reconfiguration of Central Asia as Russia has become more disengaged from the nations in the region and as these nations have developed new relations to the south, east, and west. The international implications are enormous because of the rich energy sources—oil and natural gas—located in the Caspian Sea area. The authors assess a variety of internal security policy challenges confronting these states—for example, the potential for conflict arising from such factors as a mixed ethnic population, resource scarcity, particularly in relation to water management, and an Islamic revival. They also examine the security policy content of relations between the Central Asian states and regional and international powers—specifically the stakes, interests, and policies of Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, and the United States. These internal challenges and the evolution of relations with external powers may result in new cooperative relationships, but they may also lead to destabilizing rivalry and interstate enmity in Central Asia. It is important to identify new patterns of relevance for future security cooperation in the region, but the potential for a new security system or for new institutions to manage security in the region remains uncertain. These issues are explored by a team of prominent specialists from Western Europe, the United States, Russia and China.

Climate in Asia and the Pacific

Climate in Asia and the Pacific

Security, Society and Sustainability

  • Author: Michael Manton,Linda Anne Stevenson
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9400773382
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 317
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Commissioned by the Intergovernmental Meeting (IGM) of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), this book offers a detailed survey of the current status of climate change and climate variability in the Asia-Pacific region, a thorough and thoughtful assessment of climate and security and clear recommendations on the best paths of climate research in the future.

UNEP 2004 Annual Report

UNEP 2004 Annual Report

  • Author: United Nations Environment Programme
  • Publisher: UNEP/Earthprint
  • ISBN: 9280725459
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 48
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This report details the goals and activities of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote global sustainable development and environmental issues during 2004, as well as providing information on the organisation's funding, structure, personnel and offices around the world. Topics covered include: the response to the Asian tsunami emergency; women, health and the environment; sustainable business and industry; international environmental governance; combating climate change; freshwater and sanitation; sustainable land use; and conserving biodiversity.