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Blue Nile State Situation Analysis March 2010

Blue Nile State Situation Analysis March 2010

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An in-depth UNDP situation analysis for Blue Nile State and an analysis framework to guide programming in the area.
March 2010
An in-depth UNDP situation analysis for Blue Nile State and an analysis framework to guide programming in the area.
March 2010

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Published by: Sudan North-South Border Initiative on Mar 10, 2011
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The most outstanding natural feature of the state’s landscape is the Blue Nile River,
which rises in Lake Tana in Ethiopia and enters Sudan in the area south of Roseires,
at Eldaim village.

The state is dissected equally by the Blue Nile and White Nile catchments around the
central Ingessana hills. The eastern slope carries intermittent rivers and streams that
drain towards the Blue Nile while the western ones flow towards the While Nile.

The Rosaries dam, built in 1961, forms an artificial lake that extends from Damazin

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town to the Ethiopian border covering a total area of 188 km2

and containing up to 3

billion m3

of water. Prior to completion of the Merowe dam, this reservoir was the
major source of hydroelectric power generation capacity of Sudan. Its economic and
strategic importance has made the state a place of political struggle, both during the
period of armed conflict and now. Other than hydroelectric power generation, the
reservoir is put to no significant use. Some fishing and irrigation agriculture is
practiced along the shores.

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