Water Resources and Inter-Riparian Relations in the Nile Basin: The Search for an Integrative Discourse

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SUNY Press, 2009 - Political Science - 268 pages
Human demand for water resources is rising at an alarming rate in response to rapid population growth, rival development requirements, and the depletion of ecological resources. In this book, Okbazghi Yohannes examines the various facets of the competition for water resources among the ten Nile River Basin countries as they compete to harness the river’s resources for purposes of irrigation-based agriculture and hydropower-based industrialization. Through a careful investigation of the rival states’ strategies to capture greater shares of water resources, Yohannes assesses the lasting impact on the watershed ecology in the basin and on the hydrological demand of the river itself. He proposes the formation of a radically different water regime to address the looming demographic crisis, the stark regional food insecurity, and the region’s collapsing hydro-ecology. This book shows how the effort to construct a regional water regime cannot be separated from the necessity to construct an ecologically sustainable internal water regime in each co-basin state, particularly in terms of ecological resources conservation and ecosystem services protection.
 

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Contents

1 Toward a Provisional Understanding
1
Gift of the Nile
33
A Hydrographic Bridge?
57
Land of the Blue Gold
79
5 The Middle Nile SquattersKenya Tanzania and Uganda
101
Rwanda Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo
145
7 Thinking about the Future
163
Notes
201
Bibliography
219
Index
241
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Okbazghi Yohannes is Professor of International Studies at the University of Louisville and the author of several books, including Political Economy of an Authoritarian Modern State and Religious Nationalism in Egypt and (with Kidane Mengisteab) Anatomy of an African Tragedy: Political, Economic, and Foreign Policy Crisis in Post-Independence Eritrea.

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