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HH6 How the construction of large-scale dams is changing the hydropolitical relations in the Nile Basin

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HH6 How the construction of large-scale dams is changing the hydropolitical relations in the Nile Basin

  1. 1. Presentation to HH6 Workshop London, 12 January 2013 Ana Elisa Cascão, SIWIMulti-level counter-hegemony in the Nile:how the construction of large-scale dams is changing the hydropolitical relations between and within the Nile countries
  2. 2. Pillars of hegemony and counter-hegemony Global RegionalState-centricapproach National Local
  3. 3. Large-scale dams: for and against • Hydropower agenda Global • Activist agenda • NBI energy Regional • Hydro is the solution! National • Urban and rural electrification Local • Local populations: voiceless?
  4. 4. Aswan High Dam Global Regional National Local
  5. 5. Idetiational power on dams in the Nile Basin• Power/electricity is a critical requirement for regional growth• Hydropower is the preferred energy source for most of the Nile countries• Why hydropower is the most attractive option? Renewable energy, pollution free, long economic life, reliability of supply, cost-efffective, deliver multiple benefits, etc
  6. 6. Merowe and Kajbar Dams (Sudan) GlobalRegionalNational Local
  7. 7. Grand Renaissance Dam (Ethiopia) Global Regional National Local
  8. 8. Conclusions?How the status quo can be challenged, through justice, law, soft power, or other means?

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