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Environmental Security in Watersheds: The Sea of Azov

  • Conference proceedings
  • © 2012


  • Azov is a unique ecosystem ( the smallest, one of the most historically productive seas of the world)
  • Interdisciplinary crosssectoral perspective of environmental security including specific regional pecularities such as Cossack Communities
  • Azov plays a rapidly growing strategic role as a communication corridor linkin Europe and Asia, landlocked Caspian countries in the world

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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.

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Table of contents (14 papers)

  1. The Azov Basin: Services, Drawbacks and Challenges


  3. The Black Sea Experience


  5. Transboundary Water Management


Editors and Affiliations

  • , Modelling Laboratory, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

    Viktor Lagutov

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