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A TIME BOMB IN CENTRAL ASIA: WATER

" in every drop of water there is a grain of gold."

Uzbek Proverb

Foreword

Water connects us in the most fundamental way. We cannot survive without it.Moreover, water is intrinsically linked to the most immediate challenges we face today, including food security, health, climate change, economic growth, and poverty reduction. Water problems in Asia today are severe—one out of five people (700 million) does not have access to safe drinking water and half of the region’s population (1. 8 billion people) lacks access to basic sanitation.As population growth and urbanization rates in the region rise, the stress on Asia’s water resources is rapidly intensifying. Climate change is expected to exacerbate the situation. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, by 2050, more than one billion people in Asia alone is projected to sustain negative impacts on water resources as a result of climate change .Experts estimate that reduced access to fresh water will lead to a range of consequences including impaired food production, the loss of livelihood security, large-scale migration within and across borders, and increased geopolitical tensions and instabilities.Over time, these effects will have a profound impact on security throughout the region

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