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Title:Integrated River Basin Development: A Challenge to the Nile Basin Countries
Author:Abdel Mageed, Yahia
Periodical:Sudan Notes and Records
Geographic terms:Northeast Africa
Subjects:river basin organizations
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Inter-African Relations
Abstract:The concept of integrated river basin development was widely recognized as early as the third decade of the present century and closely associated with multi-purpose water development projects, a concept that originated early in the century. With the depression of the 1930s, basin-wide planning became part of the general development of natural resources to stimulate employment and recovery. The basin-wide concept was concerned mainly with water resources development, taking the river basin as a hydrologic unit. It developed further to include the view that view that a river is also an economic unit. The spread of the multi-purpose and basin-wide development approach and the recognition of the river basin as a unit has to some extent promoted the concepts of joint action and development in politically divided basins. International river basin authorities and commissions have come into being, e.g. the Niger, Chad and Senegal Commissions. Most of these bodies are consultative, with little or no authority, and providing plans for basin-wide development. Against this background the development trends in the Nile basin are examined. Note, ref.