China Taking More Water from Irtysh River, Raising Concerns in Central Asia

2 Dec 2009 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

China in late November announced plans to increase its water withdrawals from the Irtysh River, which flows through its western areas into Russia and Kazakhstan. The action could be detrimental to downstream communities and fragile ecosystems, and raises serious questions about China's plans for other transboundary rivers. The head of the Independent Association of Water Users in Kazakhstan, Zhanaidar Ramazanov, said China will increase its annual withdrawal by 3.6 billion cubic meters, from 1 billion to 4.6 billion cubic meters per year. This will be done soon for the development of China's Xinjiang province, he added...

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