Tag Archives: Blue Nile

Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project Leaves Egypt High and Dry

Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
With the Renaissance Dam project 70% finished, Egypt’s government appears to have switched on too late to potential problems downstream.

By Kieran Cooke | for Middle East Eye,

It’s like negotiating the rules of engagement long after the contest has been held and the winner declared. Egypt is deeply worried about the impact on its water supply of a dam being built by Ethiopia far to the south, on the Blue Nile.

At a meeting with his Ethiopian and Sudanese counterparts last year, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi reiterated his country’s concerns while, at the same time, signing what was termed a “declaration of principles” about how the multi-billion dollar scheme – one of the world’s biggest infrastructure projects – should be implemented. Continue reading Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project Leaves Egypt High and Dry

Saudi Arabia Stakes a Claim on the Nile

After draining four-fifths of its massive underground aquifer for unsustainable agriculture, the Saudi Kingdom turns to verdant Ethiopia.

Papyrus reed boats cross the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia, where some people claim their water is being handed over to Saudi business interests.

By Fred Pearce (National Geography),

THIS piece is part of Water Grabbers: A Global Rush on Freshwater, a special National Geographic Freshwater News series on how grabbing land—and water—from poor people, desperate governments, and future generations threatens global food security, environmental sustainability, and local cultures.

The cows appear on the horizon like a mirage. Drive about a hundred miles (160 kilometers) through the Arabian Desert southeast from Riyadh, and you will come across one of the world’s largest herds of dairy cattle. Some 40,000 Friesian cows survive in one of the driest places on the planet, with temperatures regularly reaching 110°F (43°C).  Continue reading Saudi Arabia Stakes a Claim on the Nile

Eritrea to Broker Talks between Sudan and SPLM-N Rebels

Sudan accuses South Sudan of arming rebels in the oil producing state of South Kordofan, which Juba denies

By Sudan Tribune,

The Eritrean government has launched an initiative to bridge gaps between the Sudanese government and Sudan people’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in order to end the South Kordofan and Blue Nile conflict, a news report said.

According to Al-Sudani newspaper, Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki proposed to facilitate a negotiated settlement to the conflict that erupted in June last year when the Sudanese army asked the SPLM-N fighters to disarm before the implementation of a protocol related to the Two Areas.  Continue reading Eritrea to Broker Talks between Sudan and SPLM-N Rebels