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The 2020 International Conference on the Nile and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD): Science, Conflict Resolution and Cooperation is co-sponsored by the FIU Institute of Environment, the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa University and the Bahir Dar Institute of Technology, Bahir Dar University.

The conference will take place from August 20-21, 2020 through a virtual Zoom setting.

This conference hopes to create a platform for international and national expertise to highlight and present their experience on historical and current Nile water issues and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Experiences on international transboundary water management, the role of science in conflict resolutions and collaborations will be presented. Speakers from academia, government, international and national organizations working on water resources management, policy, regulations and development will be participating.

To register for the conference, please visit the registration page

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You can view the general program agenda below or download the full technical program.

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The International Conference on the Nile and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD): Science, Conflict Resolution and Cooperation will have seven major thematic areas:

1. THE NILE: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES

  • Basin Climate, Hydrology and Historical Flows
  • History of Nile Water Right Claims: Pre-colonial, Colonial and Post-colonial Era
  • The Nile Basin Initiative and Cooperative Framework Agreement
  • Dams and Water Control Structures on the Nile
  • Socio-economic Growth, Water Share and Water Rights in the Nile Basin

2. INTERNATIONAL TRANSBOUNDARY BASINS COOPERATION

  • Transboundary Basins and Cooperation Management
  • Transboundary River Sharing Agreements and Conflict Resolution Methods
  • Hydropolitics of Transboundary Rivers and Aquifers
  • Water Security and Accessibility

3. BLUE NILE/ABBAY AND GRAND ETHIOPIAN RENAISSANCE DAM

  • Water Resources Potential of Nile tributaries from Ethiopia (Blue Nile, Baro-Akobo and Tekeze)
  • Mountain Hydrology and the Role of Productive Watersahed Management
  • Current and Future Irrigation and Agricultural Production
  • Process and Historical Significance of the GERD
  • GERD Filling and GERD Operation for Optimal Power Generation
  • Integrating Eastern Nile Water Management and GERD Operation
  • Dialogues Between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on GERD Filling and Operation

4. NILE WATER SUPPLY AND DEMAND MANAGEMENT

  • Nile Water Use in Egypt and Sudan
  • Water Saving and Smart Agriculture in the Nile Basin
  • Virtual Water Trade
  • Energy, Water and Food Nexus in the Nile Basin
  • Groundwater and Alternaive Water Sources

5. EXTREME HYDROLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE 

  • Droughts and Floods
  • Climate Change Impacts
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Efforts in the Nile Basin
  • Desertification and Livelihood in the Nile

6. LAND AND WATER DEGRADATION AND WATERSHED MANAGEMENT

  • Land Use/Land Cover Change 
  • Soil Loss and Watershed Management
  • Population Dynamics and Land Degradation
  • Water Pollution and Health
  • Lesson Learned from Ethiopia’s Fifty Years of Soil Conservation
  • Land Tenure and Water Management Policy

7. EMERGING THREATS OF THE LAKE REGIONS IN THE NILE BASIN

  • Equatorial Lakes Management Experience and Threats
  • Lake Tana Water Level Management
  • Agriculture in Lake Tana Basin and Watershed Management
  • Lake Tana Sedimentation, Water Quality and Aquatic Weeds