|An international geology conference on climate change and landscape evolution in the Central Asian mountains and water basins was held in Tashkent on 19-21 August. |
Scientists from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Moldova, Russia, Japan, Switzerland and Germany took part in the conference.
The participants visited Samarkand on 22 August and left for the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, where they will continue their work until 28 August.
Scientists believe it is impossible now to influence the amount of water in Central Asia but there is need to use it wisely and switch to more efficient ways of irrigation, for example drip irrigation, because practice shows that extensive watering methods, inherited from the Soviet Union, leads to great water losses.
The whole Central Asian region is suffering from irrigation water shortages this year, and the countries should solve problems of water use in winter and summer.
For example, Uzbekistan can supply energy carriers to Kyrgyzstan in winter so water that spins turbines in winter to generate electricity for the Kyrgyz can be saved for irrigation in summer.
The conference, held at the Goethe Institute in Tashkent, is devoted to the 80th anniversary of the German-Soviet research expedition to the Pamir and Alay mountains.
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