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Title

What’s the Dam Problem? Geopolitics of the Nile

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The newly built Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is a newest step in the geopolitical fight over the Nile River in Africa. This river spans many different nations in Africa and his huge resource to countries downriver such as Egypt and Sudan. With this new dam built it threatens the livelihoods of all the nations downstream as it gives Ethiopia the power to control how much water is distributed downstream. This project will investigate the history of this region and how this shared resource was used throughout its history and how the geopolitics of the region have evolved around the Nile. This story is important because it may be a look into the future when water has become scarcer due to climate change in regions that currently have few water resource problems as of now. My research will be done by reading various articles about this topic and the historical context of this region of the Nile.

Start Date

12-4-2022 11:00 AM

End Date

12-4-2022 11:50 AM

Faculty Advisor

Lisa Tabor

Department

Department of Geography

Student Type

Undergraduate Student

Comments

Major: Geographic Information Systems

This entry was part of the following session:

  • Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
  • Time: 11:00 to 11:50 a.m.
  • Moderator: Kelli Synder

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What’s the Dam Problem? Geopolitics of the Nile

The newly built Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is a newest step in the geopolitical fight over the Nile River in Africa. This river spans many different nations in Africa and his huge resource to countries downriver such as Egypt and Sudan. With this new dam built it threatens the livelihoods of all the nations downstream as it gives Ethiopia the power to control how much water is distributed downstream. This project will investigate the history of this region and how this shared resource was used throughout its history and how the geopolitics of the region have evolved around the Nile. This story is important because it may be a look into the future when water has become scarcer due to climate change in regions that currently have few water resource problems as of now. My research will be done by reading various articles about this topic and the historical context of this region of the Nile.