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Sustaining the Nile

The Nile River System is the lynchpin that holds the North-Eastern part of Africa together for many years. But, this relationship has not always been smooth; rather it oscillated between cooperation and hostilities. Nevertheless, recent concerns regarding the Nile are of a different kind. Recent studies indicate quantity and quality of the Nile is decreasing due to climate change and population pressure. While imbalance between the current investments on water, land, and energy, and their sustainability has increased the complexity of the Nile issue even further, writes Solomon Goshu.

Will the hydro-political landscape in the Nile Basin be affected by investment projects in land for food, biofuel and cash-crops production undertaken mainly in upstream countries, but also Sudan? Will this trend impact effective cooperation and joint management of the River Nile? How may it affect trans-boundary water interaction in the region? What role could there be for regional bodies?

Read more at: Ethiopian Reporter

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