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Flow of Chu, Talas rivers to reduce to 45 percent in 25 years

According to forecasts, the reduction of the flow of Chu and Talas rivers in the next 25-50 years is possible up to 25-45 percent as a result of climate change. UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan Aliona Niculita announced today at an international conference.

According to her, climate change has led to the rotation of full-flowing and law-water periods. «Climate change and — as a consequence — periods of extremely dry and low-water years can cause significant damage to agriculture within these basins. This, in its turn, can lead to complications in relations between the neighboring countries, vulnerability of the population and ecosystems,» Aliona Niculita said.

She added that the problem of water quality along with the degraded ecosystems of the floodplain and the lower reaches of rivers is not less important than the problem of the amount of water in the basins of Chu and Talas rivers, both in the national and transboundary context.