Webinar: Water, Politics and Security in the Nile basin: What’s next for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam negotiations?

The event is postponed to early 2022, the new date will be announced on our website

Dear Sir, Madam, colleagues

The Bonn Water Network *) cordially invites you to its webinar ‘Water, Politics and Security in the Nile basin: What’s next for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam negotiations?

The event is postponed to early 2022, the new date will be announced on our website.

In April 2011, Ethiopia launched the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the largest upstream hydropower project on the Nile River. Over the last ten years, the assessment of the mega project’s social and environmental impacts on downstream Sudan and Egypt and on the two countries’ current water uses have been contentious issues in different rounds of trilateral negotiations. In spite of signing a Declaration of Principles on the GERD in March 2015, and the mediation of the United States and sponsorship of the African Union of several rounds of negotiations, no agreement on the filling and operation of the dam has been reached. The unilateral filling of the dam in the last two years has heightened tensions between the three countries leading Egypt and Sudan to call for two meetings of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the dispute given its broader implications on regional peace and stability.

The current deadlock raises many questions; why has reaching an agreement acceptable to the three parties on the filling and operation of the GERD been so difficult? How have domestic politics and water policies in the three countries, and broader regional conflicts, including the ongoing Ethiopia-Sudan border dispute affected the GERD negotiations? What were the limitations of the external mediation and involvement in the negotiations and what are the future prospects of third parties’ role in facilitating a way out of the current deadlock? How has the dispute over the GERD affected broader Nile cooperation? And what are the prospects of cooperation beyond the GERD?

This webinar will discuss these questions bringing together renowned experts in hydro-diplomacy in the Nile basin to present their insights on the decade-long dispute around the GERD and its link to historical hydro-political trajectories in the basin, and explore the common ground for resolving the dispute.

Looking forward to welcoming you soon at our event!

Sincerely,

Annabelle Houdret and Rawia Tawfik


 

*) The Bonn Water Network (http://www.bonnwaternetwork.de/) consists of ten renowned institutions with longstanding experience on water and related issues: the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC); Bonn University with its Institute of Geography (GIUB) holding the UNESCO Chair in Human Water Systems, the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health (IHPH); the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); the IUCN Environmental Law Center; the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and three Bonn-based UN institutions: the United Nations Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (UN-Habitat/GWOPA).

 

Contact for questions regarding content of this event:
Speaker of the network: Annabelle Houdret (DIE): Annabelle.houdret@die-gdi.de and
co-spokesperson: Luna Bharati (IWMI): L.bharati@CGIAR.ORG