Fyodor Savintsev

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Water Conflicts in Kyrgyzstan

Water scarcity is omnipresent in the developing world. Today, 768 million people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide. And in Central Asia, a growing population and water-hungry resource extraction industries have made the problem even worse.

Photographer Fyodor Savintsev documents the mountainous landscape, crumbling Soviet irrigation system and new Russian-backed energy infrastructure of Kyrgyzstan, a country at the center of water conflicts that threaten to engulf Central Asia in the coming years. | Read More

(via The Water Wars Are Coming | Foreign Policy)

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“Today 780 million people lack access to drinking water. By 2030 nearly half the world’s population will inhabit areas of ‘high water stress.’ In Central Asia the lack of the precious resource not only traps people in situations of dire need and sanitary hazard; it also foreshadows the rise of “water wars”—cross-border skirmishes over access to water that aggravate ecological strife and give it sharp political overtones.”

Fyodor Savintsev’s photos of Kyrgyzstan foreshadow water conflicts to come in Central Asia. SEE MORE.