Fast growing populations, poor resource management, land grabs and higher living standards are increasing pressure on the waters of the Nile. Egypt, which has relied on it for food and to project its power, has fallen below the United Nations water poverty line and its control over the river is being challenged by Ethiopia. Water shortages are expected to become more frequent. To prevent future crises, Nile Basin countries will have to cooperate to implement more efficient and sustainable water management systems.

THE RIVER Nile has played a key role in providing for the lives of entire communities and as a symbol of power, prosperity and identity. The river basin was the cradle of ...

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Ethiopia’s decision to construct Africa’s biggest hydro-electric dam on the Blue Nile signals the start of a new phase, in which Egypt loses its leading role in the Nile Basin
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