Areas in green show where water has turned into land and those in blue show where land has become water

A report from the UN and the CGIAR consortium reveals that land degradation due to salt build-up is causing damages in some 75 countries, estimated at more than US$27 billion per year.

A large section of the Aral Sea has completely dried up for the first time in modern history, according to Nasa.

The eastern basin of the Aral Sea — formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world — has for the first time dried up completely, according to latest images released by Nasa.

Field observations in Central Asia indicate that the climate has been warming and the consequences of this trend have already been observed. Disasters related to climate change destroy settlements, agricultural land, and infrastructure. Central Asian countries should therefore develop resilience and adapt to climate change.

Engineering schemes could lead to one of the world's largest wetlands running dry every four years.

This report focuses on water, an increasingly strategic resource in the Central Asian region for economic and social development. Says that the region as a whole is relatively well endowed in water resources but lacks good national and regional management frameworks. There are significant

As scientists worry about the prospect of a catastrophic flood from Lake Sarez in the Pamir Mountains, agricultural communities on the plains below face a very different problem. This arid region in Central Asia has inherited a set of resource blunders made decades ago by the Soviet Union. And since the Soviet collapse in the 1990s, competition for fresh water has increased.

food security Ethiopia defends land grab Ethiopia, where 20 per cent of the people are in urgent need of food aid, defended its plan to offer 2.7 million hectares (ha) cultivable land to foreign companies.

The overall goal of this report and the accompanying report summarizing the findings and recommendations, both based on the economic and sector work (ESW), is to advance the understanding and integration in operational terms of environmental water allocation into integrated water resources management.