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This video describes the important role of water in different sectors (agriculture, industry, domestic use, recreation) throughout the centuries starting with the Nile and the early settlements around it. The video gives an overview of the Arabic region and its climatic areas before it explains about the water resources, aquifers and the hydrogeological situation of the region. The video conludes with activities carried out by the Arab Water Council. It promotes better understanding and management of water resource... »»

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Welcome to TheWaterChannel, home to hundreds of videos and dossiers on key water themes! The latest dossier is ‘Water Stories from the Arab Region.’ Watch videos, webinars, news and blogs.... and share your own!

 

Gambela Frontier News

The face of Gambela, the westernmost wonderland of Ethiopia bordering South Sudan, has changed dramatically over the past ten years. Several mega-concessions were issued to international and national investors to convert Gambela into a future global food basket. Today, most of these investments have been stopped or stalled.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Webinar: Rainfed Agriculture and Flood Based Farming

Flood Based Farming systems cover a wide array of resource systems that depend on temporarily floods in particular, such as spate irrigation and inundation canals. The aim of the Flood Wells project was to increase the productivity of the marginally used floodplains by introducing flood wells.


 





 




Water-Smart Agriculture in East Africa

Ugandan Science Journalist William Odinga travels back to Otuke in Northern Uganda to find out what changes have occurred in the rural farming communities that struggle to subsist in variable climate where rainfall is unpredictable. 


Webinar: Retention and Recharge at Basin Level 

How can constructed Wetlands delay drainage, retain, infiltrate and purify water? How can 3R (Recharge, Retention, Reuse) mechanisms be used taking the landscape and environment into account?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transboundary watermanagement in Southern Africa

The SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) has produced a series of videos zooming in on various river bases in the region and explaining how this transboundary nature is managed by different countries.















Land Grabs: The Global Rush for Farmland

An increase in FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in agricultural lands is not a direct problem. It becomes one when, as a result, indigenous people have limited access to or are forced out of their lands. This feature presents five land grabbing stories from around the globe. 


Last Call at the Oases

The Saint Bishoy monastery in Egypt’s Western Desert thrives on a unique geological feature – a deep depression in the landscape bringing shallow groundwater close to the surface and feeding a series of lakes in the middle of the desert, the oases. However, today the monastery faces new mischief, namely accelerated pumping of the fossil (so non-renewable) aquifer that lies beneath.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weeping Stones, Filling Wells

The people from Afar (Ethiopia) harvest steam from underground streams passing through burning volcanic rocks. These ‪steamwells‬ are crucial for their survival. Afar is a region of utmost aridity. With an average annual rainfall of 100 to 300 mm, it has the ignoble reputation of being one of the hottest places on Earth.








 



Eery Beauty and Deadly Rains

Two times deadly rains troubled the area that is now Lake Hashenge in Ethiopia. First, according to the tale, it was Mother Mary who flooded the area because of the lack of compassion by the people of the village. Ages later, the deadly rains came from the invading Italian army in the form of planes spraying water mixed with sulphur mustard.