An analysis of the causes of water crisis in the Euphrates-Tigris river basin
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CitationKibaroglu, A., & Maden, T. E. (2014). An analysis of the causes of water crisis in the Euphrates-Tigris river basin. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 4, 4, 347-353. DOI: 10.1007/s13412-014-0185-9
The Euphrates-Tigris river basin now faces severe water crisis that have been fueled by national development projects in a mainly water-scarce region. Increasing demand-induced scarcity is further complicated by a history of international tensions between the three riparian nations of Turkey, Syria and Iraq and has occurred in a changing climate. Water is a critical security issue for these nations. This essay analyses the causes of the water crises by reviewing the historical hydropolitical international relations of the region.