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Event Organiser: The Irrigation and Water Forum

Nile Basin, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 09 November 2018
  • 10:15 - 17:00
Nile Basin, London

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The Nile River, with its estimated length of over 6,800 km the world’s longest river, covers an area of around 3 million km2. The Nile flows through ten countries, four of which are already water scarce. The Nile basin is currently home to approximately 160 million people, but it is estimated that in 25 years, the population in the basin will be 600 million.

Adding to the potential water stress, many large dams for hydropower and irrigation are being built or considered in countries upstream with consequences for countries downstream that are highly dependent on the Nile for their water supply. These competing demands, combined with the potential impacts of climate change leading to changes in timing and availability of water and sea level rise, could send the region’s water resources into crisis.

This meeting explores the threats, challenges and opportunities facing the management of this major transboundary basin. We will hear from a range of experts working at a national and multi-country level on the current state of the basin, its future development and the crucial need for cooperation among the riparian states.


Time Event
10:15 Registration
10:45 Eelco van Beek (Deltares) –Nile basin – Transboundary Water Management in the Nile Basin
11:30 Helen Houghton-Carr (CEH) – Lake Victoria – Water levels and release policies
12:15 Brendan Bromwich and Eiman Karar  – Sudan - Evolving approaches to water policy and projects and the impact on conflict in rural Sudan
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Kevin Wheeler (University of Oxford) - Blue Nile - Ethiopia/Grand Renaissance Dam
14:45 John Marsham (University of Leeds) – East Africa Climate
15:30 Tea
15:50 Caroline Backer (Mott MacDonald) – Egypt –National Water Resources Plan
16:35 Open discussion
17:00 Close


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Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Sach Sandu

e: [email protected]