Glaciers are Global Commons

Glaciers are Global Commons

Who owns the glaciers in Central Asia and elsewhere? Which responsibilities come with the ownership? Glaciers are in economic terms common pool resources. The term “global, international or national commons” is typically used to indicate the earth’s shared natural resources. The key challenge of the international and national commons is the design of governance structures and management systems capable of addressing the complexity of multiple public and private interests, subject to often-unpredictable changes, ranging from the local to the global level. Glacier melting in Central Asia and its impact on national and trans-boundary water systems represents a challenge, which need to be seen in the context of international and national commons.

Photo: Fedshenko glacier in the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan (Alfred Diebold ©)

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Linking science and art for sustainable futures

Linking science and art for sustainable futures

Synopsis: The film is about a journey from the high mountains of the Pamirs and the Tian Shan in Central Asia to the Aral Sea. It follows the two big rivers Amu Dary and Syr Darya from its sources through Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan to the Northern part of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan and the southern part in Uzbekistan. It also shows why the Aral Sea has been drying out in large parts over the last 65 years.

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https://www.cultureunplugged.com/storyteller/Alfred_Diebold#/myFilms

Aral Sea Basin

Aral Sea Basin

The Aral Sea basin includes parts of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Usbekistan. The clip shows where of the waters of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya originate, where they flow to and what problems exist in that part of the world.

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