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Title:The Jonglei Canal: impact and opportunity
Editors:Howell, PaulISNI
Lock, Michael
Cobb, Stephen
Series:Cambridge studies in applied ecology and resource management
City of publisher:Cambridge
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:development projects
Abstract:The vast area of swamp and wetlands of the southern Sudan, the Sudd, absorbs and dissipates by evaporation about half the inflow from the upper catchment of the White Nile. Ways of reducing these losses by canalization have been under engineering investigation since the beginning of the century. Construction of the present Jonglei Canal project began in 1977; at the end of 1983 it was halted by civil war. In the area through which it passes it will, if completed, have varied local effects; it will reduce the seasonally river-flooded grasslands which are of crucial importance to the pastoral sector of the local community and cut the line of seasonal migration of man, livestock and wildlife. Yet it will also bring benefits and opportunities. It will divert at least the peak of the highest flows which have caused so much flood damage in the area in recent times, convey permanent water to a region which is dry for half the year, and provide a shorter and improved line of communication between north and south. Based on scientific studies of the area carried out in the early 1950s and again between 1978 and 1983, the aim of this book is to present a multidisciplinary survey of the very complex interrelated hydrological, ecological, biological and human problems involved.