Archive for the ‘Niger River Basin’ Category

Dams Increasing Water Pressure Along Niger River

Via IPS Africa, a report on how several new dams are sparking concern over equitable sharing of the Niger River in west Africa.  As the article notes: Several major new dams are being constructed on the Niger River. It’s a positive sign of growing investment in agriculture and energy, but it also has some observers […]

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Africa’s Flourishing Niger Delta Threatened by Libya Water Plan

Courtesy of Yale’s environment360, a detailed report on how Mali’s president and Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi have begun a major agricultural project that will divert much of the river’s water and put the inland Niger delta of Mali future at risk.  As the article notes: “…Daouda Sanankoua is an aquatic mayor, and proud of it. […]

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Egypt and Thirsty Neighbors At Odds Over Nile

Courtesy of The New York Times, an interesting article on the increasing tensions between Egypt and its neighbors over the Nile’s waters.  As the article notes: The New York Times “…One place to begin to understand why this parched country has nearly ruptured relations with its upstream neighbors on the Nile is ankle-deep in mud […]

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Rescuing The Niger River

As reported by Terra Daily, international donors have pledged almost one billion euros to save Africa’s Niger river, which runs across 4,200-kilometres through Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria, and is the lifeblood for 110 million people. So, in this case, an example of water politics working in the positive. As the article notes: “…the money […]

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Successful Cooperation in the Niger Basin

As reported by AFP, not all water politics are tales of animosity or conflict – there are some examples of successful cooperation. West African heads of state recently adopted a 5.5 billion-euro (8.6-billion-dollar), 20-year rescue plan to save the Niger River from extinction and guarantee the future of 110 million people. As the article noted: […]

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