Environmental Security in Watersheds: The Sea of Azov

  • Viktor Lagutov

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Azov Basin: Services, Drawbacks and Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Viktor Lagutov, Vladimir Lagutov
      Pages 3-62
    3. Brenda Rashleigh, Viktor Lagutov, Tobias Salathe
      Pages 63-77
    4. Nikolay Dronin, Andrei Kirilenko
      Pages 79-93
    5. Svitlana Sytnik, Mykola Kharytonov, Anna Vagner, Victoria Lovinskaya, Elena Rabich, Nataliya Ilyashenko
      Pages 95-105
    6. Elena Shavrak, Lev Fesenko, Irina Generalenko, Nataliya Ilyashenko
      Pages 107-114
  3. The Black Sea Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Mirjana Lenhardt, Željka Višnjić-Jeftić, Ion Navodaru, Ivan Jarić, Milen Vassilev, Zoran Gačić et al.
      Pages 127-140
    3. Nicolas Ray, Gregory Giuliani, Dorian Gorgan, Anthony Lehmann
      Pages 141-157
    4. Gamze Celikyilmaz-Aydemir
      Pages 173-180
  4. Transboundary Water Management

About these proceedings


Watersheds, supplying crucial ecosystem services to humans, seem to be a logical territorial unit to integrate societal benefits and environmental needs in order to evaluate the sustainability of natural resource use patterns. Based on this belief the book is an attempt to initiate a comprehensive environmental security assessment in the basin of the Azov Sea, shared by Russia and Ukraine. Though the region provides a variety of essential services and plays a strategic role in national and international development plans, it has been excluded from most regional environmental discussions. At the same time there is an alarming degradation rate of basin freshwater ecosystems that has occurred due to overutilization of certain prioritized services (e.g. transportation). The collapse of neglected services (e.g. fishery and freshwater supply) poses serious threats to the national economies as well as the local population, and to mitigate these threats priority in water management should be given to securing sustainability of the regional freshwater ecosystems.
In addition to the review of the current status of Azov ecosystem services, the authors analyze likely future availability and challenges. The relevant experience derived from basin management of the Black Sea and other similar basins is also discussed.


Azov Sea Don River Environmental Security Integrated Water Management Watershed

Editors and affiliations

  • Viktor Lagutov
    • 1
  1. 1., Modelling LaboratoryCentral European UniversityBudapestHungary

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-2459-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-2460-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1874-6519
  • Series Online ISSN 1874-6543
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