UNDP - Addressing Environmental Risks in Central Asia
While the linkages between environment and security are broadly acknowledged and recognized, much work remains to be done on understanding the nature of the causes and direction of the effects. Without such an understanding, policy responses will not have a lasting impact on the trends and dynamics of a given sub-region. What is notable in cases of environmental insecurity is that the conflicts or conflict potential is generally not the result of an innate scarcity of resources, but a failure in the ability or willingness of states to find workable solutions to the problems.
While numerous inter-state agreements exist on resource management and governance, there is a lack of implementation often due to inadequate resource management, exacerbated by a lack of necessary wherewithal to implement the necessary reforms.