5.06 Yacob Arsano

Key Imperatives of Cooperation in the Nile Basin

Ethiopia is endowed with numerous trans-boundary water resources. Out of the 12 water basins eight are trans-boundary and flow out of the country in all directions. Geopolitically, Ethiopia is linked virtually with all her neighbors with trans-boundary waters. To a much extent the countries bordering on Ethiopia are arid and permanent recipients of waters from Ethiopia. On the other hand Ethiopia is a water tower of Northeastern Africa whose trans-boundary waters perennially replenish the downstream riparian countries. While Ethiopia possesses immense potential for water driven development the neighboring counties have equally immense opportunities for cooperation on the shared waters. All trans-boundary waters of Ethiopia, including those within the Nile Basin, present themselves as real subjects of research with the objective of exploring, examining and analyzing the environmental, socio-economic, security, institutional, etc. dimensions of interactions between Ethiopia and the downstream neighbors. Scholars, policy makers and graduate students are encouraged to participate in this highly relevant panel.


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