Tag Archives: Eritrea Dams

Kerkebet Dam: Birth of a Lake

Kerkebet Dam is the biggest man-made dam in Eritrea
By far, the 330 million cubic meters capacity Kerkebet Dam is the biggest man-made dam (lake) in Eritrea. This massive dam became possible through integrated teamwork of local construction companies, local communities, members of EDF, and regional and sub-regional administrations at a total cost of 1 billion Nakfa.


Eritrea’s resolve to develop and bring about social change has been seen in its Government’s determination to transform its agriculture hinged on building dams. The construction of Kerkebet dam, the largest dam in Eritrea, is a case in point. Continue reading Kerkebet Dam: Birth of a Lake

Eritrea: Transforming Arid Zones into Wetlands

Government so far built 9 strategic, 3 fairly big, 1 underground, and 747 micro dams, nationwide besides the 7 diversion schemes.


It is quite breathtaking to see human-made lakes in areas that were once arid and dramatic change in the ecosystem and the lifestyle of people who live in such areas. The development endeavors have triggered a chain of transformations in infrastructure, which are obvious in the Gash-Barka region. Continue reading Eritrea: Transforming Arid Zones into Wetlands

Eritrea: Misilam Dam

The construction of the 38 million cubic meter Misilam Dam was completed in 2014 and the dam now serves as a big source of clean water to the inhabitants of forty five villages and three cities in the Southern region.


Misilam, a Tigrigna word for coronation, is the name of a mountain in Debaruwa that stands at X481424 and Y1666037, where in ancient Eritrea noblemen used to go for their coronation.

The construction of Misilam Dam, which is named after the mountain, began in 2010 by Seghen Construction Company. Continue reading Eritrea: Misilam Dam

Logo Dam is Just the Beginning

The Logo dam project at Adi Halo is not just about a dam or conserving water. It was built to serve as a pilot project that functions as a center of a multifaceted development project by utilizing both land and water resources.


As global warming keeps threatening the inhabitants of our planet, Eritreans have been working hard on their piece of earth to fight desertification, erosion, and the scarcity of water. In Eritrea, “every drop of water must be saved and stored at all costs”; they even made that their slogan associated with projects related to water and food security, the provision of social services, and industrialization. Continue reading Logo Dam is Just the Beginning

Eritrea: Securing Availability of Water for Good


Life without water is unimaginable. It is sad that in today’s world 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home. This affects their health, education, and livelihoods. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 commits the world to ensure that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets for protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution. Continue reading Eritrea: Securing Availability of Water for Good

Oases of Eritrea: Nature-Based Solutions for Development

Given access to water, nomadic communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change can escape poverty and food insecurity. (Photo: Elizabeth Mwaniki/UNDP Eritrea)


Eritrea is a country of varied landscapes. But driving from Asmara, the capital city, towards Keren town in the Anseba Region, you will notice a number of common features: Oases and water sources along the way are true hives of agricultural and economic activity. Continue reading Oases of Eritrea: Nature-Based Solutions for Development