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Water 2015, 7(9), 4657-4684;

Water Security in the Syr Darya Basin

Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Theodor-Lieser-Str. 2, Halle (Saale) 06120, Germany
International Water Management Institute—East Africa and Nile Basin Office, IWMI c/o ILRI, PO Box 5689, Addis Ababa 1000, Ethiopia
Chair of Landscape and Environmental Economics, Technical University of Berlin, Straße des 17, Juni 145, Berlin 10623, Germany
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Academic Editor: Marko Keskinen
Received: 13 May 2015 / Accepted: 19 August 2015 / Published: 27 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Large Asian River Basins)
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The importance of water security has gained prominence on the international water agenda, but the focus seems to be directed towards water demand. An essential element of water security is the functioning of public organizations responsible for water supply through direct and indirect security approaches. Despite this, there has been a tendency to overlook the water security strategies of these organizations as well as constraints on their operation. This paper discusses the critical role of water supply in achieving sustainable water security and presents two case studies from Central Asia on the management of water supply for irrigated agriculture. The analysis concludes that existing water supply bureaucracies need to be revitalized to effectively address key challenges in water security. View Full-Text
Keywords: water security; supply water security; irrigation bureaucracy; polycentric water management; transboundary; Central Asia water security; supply water security; irrigation bureaucracy; polycentric water management; transboundary; Central Asia

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Wegerich, K.; Van Rooijen, D.; Soliev, I.; Mukhamedova, N. Water Security in the Syr Darya Basin. Water 2015, 7, 4657-4684.

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