The representation of reality for decision-making purposes: the paradoxical example of the Aral Sea

Large dams are not the only influence on Central Asia's hydrographic network. However, successive models have continued to disregard important elements, particularly water resources. This has led to a hydraulic representation where only controlled water resources were taken into account. Accordingly, Uzbekistan becomes a vulnerable 'upstream country', whereas it has access to sufficient water regardless of the management regime of neighbouring Kyrgyzstan.
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