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Archive for February, 2022

Russia Captures Key Water Supply Route To Crimea

Via Terra Daily, a report on Russian capture of a key water supply route: Russian forces invading Ukraine said they had taken control of a vital canal to supply water to Moscow-annexed Crimea, which has been suffering from shortages for the past eight years. Crimea received most of its water from Ukraine’s Dnieper River via […]

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Sudan Slams Ethiopian Move at Controversial Nile Dam

Via Terra Daily, a report on Sudan’s reaction to Ethiopia’s decision to start power generation at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Sudan has condemned neighbouring Ethiopia for launching power generation at a controversial dam on the Blue Nile without the agreement of downstream nations, saying the “unilateral move” violated international commitments. Sudan “has emphasised its […]

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Is Conflict Over Water Inevitable?

Via The National Interest, commentary on the potential for conflict over water: In 2012, the United Nations and European Union put out a joint report that discussed three major drivers of resource-based conflict: competition amidst resource scarcity, poor governance, and transboundary dynamics and pressure. All three of these challenges are seen in many contemporary conflicts. For example, […]

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GERD Unlocked: Ethiopia’s Mega-Dam Starts Generating Electricity

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on GERD’s power generation and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed efforts to assure Egypt and Sudan that water flows downstream will not be affected: Ethiopia has started to generate electricity from what is set to be Africa’s largest dam on the Blue Nile — an icon of national pride that […]

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Iranian Minister of Energy Calls On Afghanistan To Release Helmand River

Via the Iran Project, a report that Iran’s Minister of Energy has called up on the Taliban to release Helmand River water to Iran: Referring to the promise of Afghan officials on releasing the Helmand River water, the Iranian Minister of Energy said that nothing has happened in this regard So far, calling the Afghan […]

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Ethiopia Warns It Won’t Wait Forever Over Nile Dam Dispute

Via Al Monitor, an article on the Ethiopian foreign minister’s criticism of  Egypt’s and Sudan’s attempt to prevent operation of the Nile megadam: Amid the stalled negotiations on Ethiopia’s controversial dam it is building on the Blue Nile, the main tributary of the Nile River, recent Ethiopian remarks have escalated the dispute with Egypt and Sudan.  In an […]

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