World Rivers Review – Focus on Africa – August 2006

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

What's Inside:

  • Climate Change: A concerted international effort is urgently needed to ensure that Africa does not slip into climate-induced chaos.
  • Commentary: Decisions taken now on Africa's water and energy infrastructure will set the stage for the next 50 years. We'd better get it right.
  • China: Africa's new best friend is building dams with serious social and environmental impacts.
  • Ethiopia: A water storage dilemma – small, medium or large dams? – is being played out in Africa's "water tower."
  • World Bank: An internal conflict pits Bank staff advocating "small is beautiful" water solutions for the poor against those pushing for more big dams.
  • Zambezi River: Dam re-operation could help restore Kafue Flats.
    Map: A look at Africa's proposed dams, plus an alternative vision for Africa's rivers.
  • Dam Legacy: Lack of development for those who sacrificed most for Africa's dams has prompted affected communities and NGOs to fight for justice.
  • Renewables: Clean energy makes inroads across the continent.
  • Micro-Hydro: A first-hand account from Cameroon.
  • Congo River: An update on the Grand Inga project, Africa's largest dam.
  • Mozambique: Chinese pledge to support Zambezi dam.
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