The Nile river and Riparian States

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The Nile River is the longest river in the world covering nearly 7,000 kilometres. It traverses eleven countries in Africa, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, with South Sudan as the eleventh riparian state once it acquires its sovereignty.

Comparative Diplomacy, Regional Stability and National Interest: The Nile River and the Riparian States
Edited by Korwa G. Adar and Nicasius A. Check, 2011
168mm x 240mm
82 Pages
ISBN: 9780798302876


Of the more than 300 million inhabitants in the eleven riparian states, the Nile River Basin is home to nearly 160 million people. The interlocking controversies surrounding the utilization of the waters of the Nile River and the resources therein have centred on the 1929 Anglo-Egyptian and the 1959 Egypto-Sudanese treaties which have largely ignored the interests of the upstream states. Through the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) established in 1999, the riparian states concluded, in 2010, the Agreement on the River Nile Basin Cooperative Framework (CFA) based on the principle of equitable and reasonable utilisation, the objective of which is to establish durable legal regime in the Nile River Basin. This book addresses the complexities inherent in the colonial and post colonial treaties and agreements and their implications on the interests of the riparian states and the region in general. It is the first book of its kind that covers the eleven riparian states in a single volume and deals comprehensively with politico-legal questions in the Nile River Basin as well as conventions on the international water courses and their relevance to the region.

Price: ZAR250.00

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