International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 3 Issue 2 2012- September 2012    Pages: 802-812 <<Previous    Next>>

Vulnerability assessment of water resources in Amu Darya river basin, Afghanistan

Author Information:

Mohammad Waheed Ibrahimzada1, Devesh Sharma2
1- Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist, Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Afghanistan
2- Assistant Professor, Central University of Rajasthan, Kishangarh, Rajasthan, India
ABSTRACT

The Amu Darya is the biggest river basin in Central Asia shared by Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Vulnerability assessment of water resources in Amu Darya River Basin was estimated using the methodology developed by UNEP and Peking University, China. The Vulnerability Index of Amu Darya River Basin, falls in (0.53) value which indicate that the Amu Darya River Basin is under high stress of water resources. Ecological insecurity contributes most to the water resources vulnerability. In order to mitigate the stress, it is recommended to develop policy to mitigate the stress and develop long term strategic plan with focus on capacity building to manage the water resources.

Keywords: Vulnerability index, river basin, water resources, stress.

DOI:10.6088/ijes.2012030132007

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