Cooperative filling approaches for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Kevin G. Wheeler, Mohammed Basheer, Zelalem T. Mekonnen, Sami O. Eltoum, Azeb Mersha, Gamal M. Abdo, Edith A. Zagona, Jim W. Hall, Simon J. Dadson

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Strategies for filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and implications for downstream water resources are analyzed using a river basin planning model with a wide range of historical hydrological conditions and increasing coordination between the co-riparian countries. The analysis finds that risks to water diversions in Sudan can be largely managed through adaptations of Sudanese reservoir operations. The risks to Egyptian users and energy generation can be minimized through combinations of sufficient agreed annual releases from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a drought management policy for the High Aswan Dam, and a basin-wide cooperative agreement that protects the elevation of Lake Nasser.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-634
Number of pages24
JournalWater International
Issue number4
Early online date11 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2016


  • Ethiopia
  • Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
  • Nile
  • RiverWare
  • hydropower
  • modelling


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