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The melting of the glaciers overlooking Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan threatens the water supply of some 68 million people. The SDC is working towards peaceful transboundary water management in this region. The Blue Peace initiative was launched in Central Asia in June 2017.

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter is scheduled to launch a Swiss initiative that sets a new course for cross-border water cooperation in central Asia. This will take place at a conference in the Kazakh capital Astana on 19 June 2017. In his opening speech, Mr Burkhalter will emphasise that structured water management is a factor for stability. The conference in Astana builds on Switzerland’s long-standing engagement for sustainable water use in the region.

Source: Cross-border water management as an instrument for stability: Federal Councillor Burkhalter opens conference in Astana

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 The Golubin glacier close to the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek currently covers an area of 5.5 km2 compared to the 86 km2 Aletsch glacier in Switzerland. © M. Hoelzle/University of Fribourg M. Hoelzle

The Golubin glacier close to the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek currently covers an area of 5.5 km2 compared to the 86 km2 Aletsch glacier in Switzerland. © M. Hoelzle/University of Fribourg M. Hoelzle

How to meet the needs of Central Asia’s 68 million inhabitants for water while respecting the glaciers overlooking Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan? The SDC’s project is building on voluntary regional cooperation and rigorous scientific monitoring of the changes taking place in the glaciers.

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