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This quantity is predicated at the shows and deliberations of a sophisticated examine Workshop (ARW) "Caspian Sea: A Quest for Environmental safeguard" that used to be hung on March 15-19, 1999, in Venice (Italy). The Workshop was once subsidized by way of the NATO's department for clinical and Environmental Affairs, with extra aid supplied through the belief for Mutual realizing (USA). It was once prepared via Duke University's heart for foreign improvement examine with the assistance of the foreign Committee of scientists from Russia, usa. Georgia and Italy and organizational suggestions rendered by way of Venice foreign college. The Caspian Sea area is of profound value from the point of view of worldwide and neighborhood environmental defense. New geopolitical and fiscal situations have created a mix of pageant. reluctant collaboration, and criminal, political, financial and ideological wrangling. there's an severe debate over how the Caspian and its assets might be divided between littoral states and the way those assets are to be constructed. whereas such a lot littoral states and the foreign businesses attempt to increase the area's enormous hydrocarbon power, it really is transparent that the Caspian's detailed and fragile surroundings is at risk.

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