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Archive for April, 2011

The Thirsty Dragon: China Plans To Build Seven Dams in Laos

Via The Vientiane Times, a report that a Chinese company plans to build seven hydropower plants along the Nam Ou River, one of the largest tributaries of the Mekong.  As the article notes: “…Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Thongmy Phomvixay and Sinohydro Ltd Deputy Managing Director Sen De Cai signed a master plan for […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Need to De-couple Growth From Resource Consumption

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, an interesting interview with Ma Jun – director of the Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs, and author of “China’s Water Crisis,” a comprehensive look into the water scarcity and pollution problems confronting China’s rapid economic development – discussing how China is still on the track of a highly energy- […]

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African Countries To Renegotiate Nile Water Quotas with Egypt

Via Al Masry Al Youm, a report on efforts by African countries to renegotiate Nile water quotas with Egypt: Egypt has announced a final effort to re-negotiate the terms of the Cooperative Framework Agreement which apportions water from the Nile River to various basin countries. Since 1929, Egypt has held a near-monopoly on the water, […]

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Syria And Turkey Reconcile Water Dispute With Friendship Dam

Via Syria Today, a report on the establishment of the Friendship Dam on the Asi-Orontes River, the latest sign of deepening ties between Syria and Turkey.  As the article notes: The launch of the Friendship Dam on February 6. On February 6, the prime ministers of Syria and Turkey laid the foundation stone of the […]

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Mekong Countries To Convene Additional Meeting On Xayaburi Project

Via Energy Daily, an updated report on ongoing regional discussions around the Xayaburi hydropower development project, proposed by the Government of Lao PDR.  As the article notes: “…As the deadline for reaching a decision comes closer, four Lower Mekong Basin Countries have agreed to convene a special session on the prior consultation process for the […]

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Defiant Ethiopia To Proceed With Massive Dam On The Nile River

Courtesy of Green Prophet, an interesting article on how Ethiopia, defiant of Egypt’s historic monopoly over its flow, is pushing ahead with a controversial plan to build a massive dam on the Nile River.  As the report notes: Waterfalls on the Blue Nile. Ethiopia has plans to grab hold of a bigger share of the […]

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