Freshwater resources contribute to agriculture, electricity production, and industrial economic growth around the world. In a new study, DCRP’s Dale Whittington and co-authors discuss how coordinated, collaborative management of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) can enable more efficient use of freshwater resources of the Nile River. The authors couple a computable general equilibrium model of the Egyptian economy with a river basin simulation model to understand the interactions between hydrology and economics. Their findings show how Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia can improve their economic outcomes and more efficiently use freshwater resources by flexible coordinating the operation of the GERD. They call this flexible operation policy “neighbors helping neighbors.”
Dr. Dale Whittington is a Professor of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, and City & Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He has worked for the World Bank and other international agencies on the management of transboundary water resources. Since 2014, Prof. Whittington (with Dr. Duncan Thomas) has offered the two-part Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries” on the COURSERA platform. Over 25,000 students have participated from 184 countries.