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Lake Malawi: Water Tensions Bubbling Over?

Via Ooska News, commentary on the tension between Malawi and Tanzania over Lake Malawi: A contingent of high-ranking Malawian officials is visiting areas around Lake Malawi to reassure residents that war with Tanzania is not imminent. “A high-powered Malawi government delegation including Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Ephraim Mganda Chiume are in the lakeshore […]

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Oil and Water Don’t Mix in Lake Malawi Border Dispute

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a brief commentary on the Lake Malawi border dispute where, in the search for oil & natural gas, Africa’s third largest lake has become a political battlefield: Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa, is one of the African Great Lakes that lies in the Eastern Rift Valley. It is […]

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Lake Malawi Exploration Fuels Ownership Debate

Courtesy of The Financial Times, an example of the watergy nexus straining relations between two nations in Africa: A 50-year-old border dispute has reignited between Malawi and Tanzania over ownership of Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake. The reason? Oil and gas. Malawi’s late president, Bingu wa Mutharika, awarded an exploration contract to UK company […]

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A Political Storm Hovers Over Calm Nile Water

With 300 million people dependent on the water of the Nile, it is not surprising that a deal on its usage by several countries is difficult to ratify.  As Uganda’s Monitor reports the tenuous and contentious state of discussions have not yet subsided: “…It’s been a decade of negotiations-sometimes exemplified by mistrust, intrigue and walkouts. […]

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Water Sharing Pact: De-Ni(l)ed

Courtesy of Terra Daily, a report on that water ministers from Nile Basin countries delayed signing a water-sharing pact already rejected by Egypt and Sudan, who oppose any reduction in their traditional quotas. As the article notes: “…Six months was allocated to solve the problem,” Ethiopian Minister of Water Resources Asfaw Dingamo told reporters at […]

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New Threat To Lake Victoria: Need for Improved Multiparty Lakeshore Management

As noted in Terra Daily, two hydroelectricity dams appear to be threatening the health of Lake Victoria – and of the people living along its shores who depend on the lake for food. A new study suggests that the dams’ systematic overuse of water has decreased the lake level by at least two meters between […]

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