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The Caspian Sea : A Quest for Environmental Security - William Ascher

The Caspian Sea

A Quest for Environmental Security

By: William Ascher (Editor), Natalia Mirovitskaya (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th April 2000
ISBN: 9780792362197
Number Of Pages: 364

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The Caspian Sea region is profoundly important to global and regional environmental security. New geopolitical and economic conditions have created a mix of competition, reluctant collaboration, and legal, political, economic and ideological wrangling. There is intense debate on how the Caspian Sea and its resources should be divided between the littoral states and how the resources are to be developed. Development of the area's immense hydrocarbon potential poses a risk to the unique and fragile ecosystem. The issue is extremely complex, and vital economic, political and environmental interests are involved. The present book provides the most recent scientific assessments of the environmental threats in the region, articulates the standpoints of the various stakeholders from the littoral states, and presents the diverse approaches of interest groups from other nations currently involved in Caspian developments. Key to the work is the way it addresses the almost untouched questions of how to foster cooperation in resource sharing and environmental security issues and how to structure international cooperation to ensure its effectiveness.

Preface
Map of the Caspian Sea Region
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Introduction
What is at Stake in the Caspian: Development versus Environment?
Environmental Change and Human Security in the Caspian Region: Threats, Vulnerability and Response Strategies
International Good Governance and Civilized Conduct among the Caspian States: Oil and Gas as Lever for Prosperity or Conflict
Regional Developmental Requirements and the Role of Caspian Development
Ecological Consequences of Oil and Gas Development
New Methods for Managing Caspian Sea Level Fluctuations
Caspian Geopolitics
The Geopolitics of the Region
Security and the Environment in the Caspian Sea
Security Problems in the Caucasus
The International Politics of Energy in het Caspian Sea Basin: Russia, Turkey and the Pipeline Project
Law and Development
The Caspian and International Law: Like Oil and Water? C.P.R. Romano
Basic Legal Issues of the Management of Natural Resources of the Caspian Sea
Caspian Legal Regime: Dynamics of Kazakhstan's Position
The `Tug of War' in the Caspian: Legal Positions of the Coastal States
The Role of Civil Society & Scientific Institutions
Environment and the Development of Civil Society in the Caspian Region: The Role of NGOs
How NGOs Abandoned Governance in the Caspian Region
The Political Role of Civil Society in Georgia
The State of Scientific Research on the Caspian Environment: Russian Data
Prospects of Effective International Cooperation
Regional Cooperation: Lessons for the Caspian Sea
Technodiplomacy and Environmental Cooperation: Lessons for the Caspian
Applying Lessons from the Aral Sea Basin: The Role of Non-State Actors
National, Subnational and International Politics: Environmental Regime-Building in the Caspian Sea
Caspian Environment Programme: Prospects for Regime Formation and Effectiveness
Conclusions
Moving toward International Cooperation in the Caspian Region: Insights from the Workshop
Index
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ISBN: 9780792362197
ISBN-10: 0792362195
Series: NATO Science Partnership Subseries: 2
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 30th April 2000
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.54

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