Central Asian irrigation sector in a climate change context: some reflections

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According to expert opinion, the Central Asian region is likely to experience climate-induced changes with the irrigation sector being the most vulnerable to any change. Climate change impacts are interconnected with land use and socio-economic changes, and many other processes of a human–environmental system. Assessment and adequate information sharing play a critical role in decision making for planning, and allocation of resources for the successful implementation of the adaptation measures. However, a successful adaptation is only possible if the interests of stakeholders and, to a large extent, communities vulnerable to the risks of climate change are provided for. This paper discusses specific assessment of potential impacts of climate change in the water sector, namely on electric pump-lifted irrigation facilities and water reservoirs in Central Asia.

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