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Niger River under Pressure from Dams

Inter Press Service: Several major new dams are being constructed on the Niger River. It's a positive sign of growing investment in agriculture and energy, but it also has some observers worried. The new dams not only raise ecological concerns, but are also provoking difficult negotiations over equitably sharing the resources of a river basin that extends over two million square kilometres. "There are nine countries in the Niger basin, but their interests are divergent. There are certain countries - such as Mali...