by Anonymous on 8/16/2004 · 1 comment

At the present time, hearing Saparmurat Niyazov’s yet another eccentric decision like building an ice palace, or prohibiting make-up on TV, or banning artificial golden teeth, no one familiar with the region gets anymore surprised, but this time I would like to turn attention to another Turkmenbashi project which is much more dangerous as it has regional implications. Namely, the artificial Golden Age Lake to be built in the middle of Karakum desert. According to scientists, the effects of this artificial water reservoir on the regional environment would be disastrous, aggravating the already catastrophic situation.

Fundamental Islam, power struggles, terrorism are at the center of public attention both in the region and abroad. However, in my opinion, the main source of any future conflicts in the region will be water, if serious steps are not taken in coordinating water management and conservation programmes on the regional level.

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Education 2003–2004 Master Degree in Developmental Studies (DESS “Gestion et dynamisation du développement”), The University of Pierre Mendès France of Grenoble, France 1998-2003 Bachelor Degree in International Economics, The University of World Economy and Diplomacy of Tashkent, Uzbekistan Work Experience 05/2004-08/2004 Researcher, The Economic Mission of France in Istanbul, Turkey 04/2003-09/2003 Research assistant and Translator in the UNDP project UZB 01/04 on institutional reinforcement of the Higher School of Business under the President of Uzbekistan 01/2003-04/2003 Interpreter, International Department, The Higher School of Business, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 09/2002-01/2003 English Language Junior Editor at the Journal “International Relations, Law and Economy” of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 06/2002-09/2002 Intern, CIS countries Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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praktike August 16, 2004 at 10:09 am

Water is so important!

I wish more people realized this. What has happened to the Aral Sea is an incredible disaster. I wish more people were aware of it.

A week or two ago I was in the middle of penning a very long essay about water rights in Kashmir; unfortunately my computer crashed and I lost all of it.

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