The materials presented at this Advanced Research Workshop provided a detailed overview of the role played by risk assessment in the management of water resources in Central Asia and elsewhere. The experts from NATO countries presented a detailed information on methods to assess problems related to water quality and quantity on a municipal level, using international, peer reviewed indicators, and international instruments for the fight against water-related diseases. The Central Asian countries inherited from the former Soviet Union system a normative/methodical approach to application of numerical environmental management criteria, which has no specific option for risk assessment, and in most of these countries water resources are the exclusively property of the State. The transition to a market economy requires new methods to manage the use of water resources, and to assess and prevent negative consequences to the environment. Currently, the methodology of environmental risk assessment is a new, rapidly developing interdisciplinary scientific approach not only in the Central Asian countries but also in other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. There is an urgent need for the introduction of risk assessment methods in the environmental decision-making process in this part of the world.
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Christopher M. Teaf
Bulat K. Yessekin
Mikhail K. Khankhasayev
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