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Aibek Zhupankhan, Kamshat Tussupova & Ronny Berndtsson (2018) Water in Kazakhstan, a key in Central Asian water management, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 63:5, 752-762, DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2018.1447111

Water in Kazakhstan, a key in Central Asian water management

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Author: Zhupankhan, Aibek1,2; Tussupova, Kamshat3; Berndtsson, Ronny3
Organizations: 1Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, University of Oulu
2Department of International Affairs, Eurasian National University
3Department of Water Resources Engineering and Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-08-06


Central Asia is one of the regions with the highest probability of conflicts over water. Kazakhstan is the main Central Asian economic power and therefore it is important to understand how the country’s water management policy is influencing water availability in the other Central Asian states. Already, the Central Asian economies are developing under increasing water deficiency, resulting in developmental problems. The main reasons for this are increasing political tensions and worsening ecological and socio-economic conditions. Kazakhstan was the first country in Central Asia to develop the pre-requisites for a transition towards integrated water resources management (IWRM). Therefore, Kazakhstan has potential to lead the development of transboundary water integration between all Central Asian states. A scenario for successful regional cooperation on water management in Central Asia involves establishing legal mechanisms for water management following international water law, assistance by international agencies and donors, and integrated social, economic and environmental methodology.

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Series: Hydrological sciences journal
ISSN: 0262-6667
ISSN-E: 2150-3435
ISSN-L: 0262-6667
Volume: 63
Issue: 5
Pages: 752 - 762
DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2018.1447111
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 218 Environmental engineering
1172 Environmental sciences
Copyright information: © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.