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How the Grand Renaissance Dam Might Spark Basin-Wide Water Cooperation

Via The Conversation, commentary on how the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation: Ethiopia’s on-going construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile River has attracted speculation that it could lead to a ‘water war’. There is no doubt that the dam has become a source of serious tension among Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan. […]

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GERD: Turning Confrontation Into Cooperation

Via The Conversation, commentary on how to turn confrontation about Africa’s biggest hydropower dam to cooperation: Since Ethiopia announced the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in 2011, there have been disagreements between Egypt and Ethiopia on the filling and operation of the dam. With turbines of about 5100 MW it has more than two times […]

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Colonial Legacies That Started Dam Politics Between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia

Via The Conversation, commentary on the imperialist past that started dam politics between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia: Ever since construction began a decade ago, there’s been serious contention between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a huge project straddling the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. For Ethiopia, the project is meant to offer […]

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Egypt Hopes Gulf Mediation Will Help Resolve Nile Dam Dispute

Via Al Monitor, an article on how Egypt has intensified its contacts with Gulf countries to mobilize support in the GERD file, although statements and public support may not be enough to pressure Ethiopia back to the negotiation table:   As part of its moves against Ethiopia’s policies related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), […]

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Will a Nile Canal Project Dry Up Africa’s Largest Wetland?

Via Yale e360, an article on the impact that South Sudan’s 240-mile canal to divert water from the White Nile and send it to Egypt would have upon Africa’s largest wetland: Seen from space, the Sudd swamp is a giant green smudge where the White Nile, one of the great river’s two main branches, spreads out […]

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Hydro Colonialism: Squeezing Africa Dry

Via GRAIN, a report on how water is often behind the scramble for land in Africa: Food cannot be grown without water. In Africa, one in three people endure water scarcity and climate change will make things worse. Building on Africa’s highly sophisticated indigenous water management systems could help resolve this growing crisis, but these very systems […]

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