Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2007

In Osteuropa 8-9/2007

Conflicts over Water
Competing for Usage Rights in Central Asia

Ernst Giese, Jenniver Sehring

Deutsche Fassung


The independence of the former Soviet republics of Central Asia has exacerbated water problems in the region. The national development strategies of the five states have lead to conflicting claims over rights of use. Alongside the classic conflicts of distribution, the conflict between irrigation and energy production is increasingly coming to the fore, something that must be negotiated between those upstream and downstream. This conflict becomes more explosive due to Russian, Chinese and Iranian interference. All of the players have geo-strategic interests and an enormous demand for energy.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2007, pp. 483–496)