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NEWS AND EVENTS
January 16, 2013
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A round table ‘German-Uzbek Cooperation in Preventing the Negative Development of the Environmental Situation in Central Asia’ was held in Germany to address environmental issues and the rational use of trans-boundary water resources in the region. It was organized by the German Geological Research Center of the Helmholtz (GFZ).

German experts on early warning of risks of earthquakes and water issues, together with experts from the Center for Hydrometeorology under the Cabinet of Ministers (Uzhydromet) and the Scientific Information Center of the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination of Central Asia (ICWC) discussed the negative effects of climate change, which impact on water and energy balance.

In this regard, the participants of the round table paid attention on attempts by some countries to implement projects for the construction of cross-border rivers in the upper-scale hydro power stations, posing a serious threat to public safety. It was emphasized that the risks of technological security of large hydropower plants in the upper trans-boundary rivers, planned Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, could have disastrous consequences for the entire region.

In this context, the recommendations were announced by international experts, who believe that the construction of small hydro power plants more efficient to produce the same amount of energy would be much smarter, and safer. Head of Center for Research on Earthquake Risk and Early Warning GFZ Stefan Parolay in his presentation provided details of the seismic situation in the region. \"Seismic activity particularly vulnerable in mountain areas of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, in connection with which there is a high risk of failure of objects and structures here erected due to earthquakes,\" he said.

Central Asia Water Project Coordinator, GFZ specialist of hydrology K.Unger-Shaeste said that at present the German scientists in collaboration with Uzbek partners were implementing projects on continuous monitoring of water and ice in remote mountainous areas of the region. \"This work allows us to estimate the actual amount of water that is needed to predict possible changes in runoff of major trans-boundary rivers and its impact on the climate and its population,” she said. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)


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