Threats to Global Water Security

  • J. Anthony A. Jones
  • Trahel G. Vardanian
  • Christina Hakopian

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Overview: The Major Issues

  3. Water Quality and Terrorism

  4. Managing Extreme Events and Climate Change

    1. M. Shahgedanova, W. Hagg, D. Hassell, C. R. Stokes, V. Popovnin
      Pages 131-143
    2. Gh. Stancalie, V. Craciunescu, A. Irimescu
      Pages 155-165
    3. A. Irimescu, Gh. Stancalie, V. Craciunescu, C. Flueraru, E. Anderson
      Pages 167-177
    4. E. Hagen, J. F. Teufert
      Pages 179-185
    5. B. Constantin-Horia, S. Simona, P. Gabriela, S. Adrian
      Pages 187-192
    6. I. Hadjamberdiev, V. Shablovsky, V. Ponomarev
      Pages 199-205
    7. T. Vardanian
      Pages 215-224
    8. L. M. Korytny, N. V. Kichigina, V. A. Cherkashin
      Pages 247-252
  5. Protecting Aquatic Ecosystems

  6. Infrastructure – Technical Innovations and Failures

  7. Restoring The Water Resources of the Aral Sea Basin

About these proceedings


The UN designated the decade 2005–2015 as the International Decade for Action – Water for Life. The move was initiated at the third World Water Forum in Kyoto, 2003, and it could prove the most significant and effective outcome of the triennial series of World Water For a yet. Its major aims are: (1) to promote efforts to fulfil recent international commitments, especially in the Millennium Goals, (2) to advance towards a truly integrated, int- national approach to sustainable water management, and (3) to put special emphasis on the role of women in these efforts. Even so, it faces tremendous and, as I write, increasing obstacles. The intense season of hurricanes and tropical storms in 2008 illustrated yet again not only the power of nature, but also the vulnerability of the poorer nations, like Haiti and Jamaica. New Orleans and Texas fared better, not because of the efforts of the International Decade for Natural Disasters (1990–2000) to increase preparedness, but more because the USA had learnt from its own experiences in Hurricane Katrina. The biggest obstacle of all is the burgeoning world population. It took off last century, but it is predicted to reach unimaginable heights this century: at least 10 billion by 2050, maybe 20 billion by 2100. Governments are powerless to halt it, even the Chinese. Achieving water security globally against this backdrop will be a Herculean task.


Environmental NATO PEACE Science Security Sub-Series C Water security climate change ecosystem natural hazards quality risk management sustainability water governance

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Anthony A. Jones
    • 1
  • Trahel G. Vardanian
    • 2
  • Christina Hakopian
    • 2
  1. 1.IGU Commission for Water SustainabilityInstitute of Geography and Earth Sciences Aberystwyth UniversityAberystwythUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Physical GeographyYerevan State UniversityYerevanArmenia

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