Water A UN conference in

by Nathan Hamm on 8/30/2003

A UN conference in Central Asia is focusing on water.

Delegates from Canada, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, the United
States and Malaysia were due to gather for the Dushanbe International
Water Forum to discuss problems as diverse as flooding, desertification
and water-borne disease. But it is unclear how much the conference will
accomplish, since several of Tajikistan’s neighbors who face grave
water-related problems are not sending high-level government officials
to the event. The most notable among them are Uzbekistan and
Kazakhstan, which share the Aral Sea — once the world’s fourth-largest
lake that toxic waste has shrunk to a 400,000-square-kilometre
wasteland that has become a symbol of the world’s water problems.

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