Systemic analysis of dam-driven transitions of downstream alluvial plains in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, many big dams are constructed to increasingly provide electricity and irrigation agriculture for its population (cfr. the Climate Resilient Green Economy strategic plans of the government). These dams have very important implications for the downstream alluvial plains and their population. Important dam-induced changes include an increased baseflow and a reduced peak flow, which severely impacts the hydrogeomorphological and socio-economical systems. These impacts will be studied in a holistic way for the Tekezze, Tana-Beles and Fincha dams in northwestern Ethiopia. The project is funded by FWO Flanders and is in cooperation with the VLIR-IUC program in Bahir Dar University.

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  • Prof. Dessein (UGent)

  • Prof. Van Passel (UAntwerpen)

  • Dr. Enyew Adgo (Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia)

  • Dr. Tesfaalem Ghebreyohannes (Mekelle University, Ethiopia)

  • Dr. Amanuel Zenebe (Mekelle University, Ethiopia)