Only reservoirs situated at lower reaches of rivers should be studied in terms of environmental effects, says expert
Experts should carry out environmental studies of not all reservoirs, they should carry out assessment studies only of those that are situated at the lower reaches of rivers, Dr. Kholnazar Muhabbatov, Tajik expert on environmental issues, said in an interview with Asia-Plus.
him, reservoirs that are located in the mountain areas cause less damage to the
The expert noted
that acute problems facing the Central Asian region were the
countries use waters of he
We will recall that according to some reports, from 1960 to 1998, the sea's surface area shrank by approximately 60% and its volume by 80%. In 1960, the Aral Sea had been the world's fourth-largest lake, with an area of approximately 68,000 km2 and a volume of 1100 km³; by 1998, it had dropped to 28,687 km2, and eighth-largest. Over the same period, its salinity increased from about 10 g/l to about 45 g/L.
On the Tajik
glacier melting problem, Muhabbatov noted that
according to Russian experts, glaciers have reduced by 32 percent in
He also pointed the necessity of assessing safety of all dams constructed in the region.