The Wicked Problem of Dam Governance in Central Asia: Current Trade-Offs, Future Challenges, Prospects for Cooperation

Z. Mamatova, Dilshod Ibrokhimov, A.R.P.J. Dewulf

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Abstract

The opposing interests between riparian states, the geopolitical significance of the region, and the uncertainty about future developments turn transboundary water governance in Central Asia into a ‘wicked problem’. The issue of dam construction plays an important role in this discussion, which revolves around the water-energy-food nexus. In the Aral Sea basin, downstream countries
depend heavily on upstream countries for irrigated agriculture, and are weary of upstream countries’ plans for hydropower development. Considerable challenges lie ahead in terms of climate change, increasing water demand and geopolitical developments. Despite the wicked governance issue in Central Asia, there are prospects for future cooperation. This article identifies the prospects.
Keywords: Central Asia; dams; governance; trade-offs; cooperation; transboundary; water.
Original languageEnglish
Article number15
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Water Governance
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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