May 2016

Water Shortages Likely to Reduce Central Asian GDPs by 11 Percent

By Paul Goble

Although Central Asia as a whole has enough water to promote development, problems in sharing this critical resource among the region’s five post-Soviet republics—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan—are becoming downright severe. According to a new World Bank study, such localized water crises could reduce the GDP of all the countries in the region by 11 percent by mid-century. This prediction has sparked real fears in Central Asia and beyond (Islamsng.com, May 7).

STATEMENT

Joint statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the latest developments in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia