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Title:Domesticating a White Elephant: Sustainability and Struggles over Water, the Case of Cahora Bassa Dam
Author:Isaacman, Allen F.
Year:2001
Periodical:Zambezia (ISSN 0379-0622)
Volume:28
Issue:2
Pages:199-228
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Mozambique
East Africa
Subjects:dams
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Environment, Ecology
Cahora Bassa Dam
Environmental impact analysis
sustainable development
political science
history
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=1178
Abstract:Few water resource systems have been the object of more sustained military activity than Mozambique's Cahora Bassa hydroelectric project located on the Zambesi River. While it is difficult to distinguish the environmental and social disruption that the dam precipitated from the disruption caused by the war, and the extent to which they were interconnected, it is certain that the construction of Cahora Bassa adversely affected the economic security of hundreds of thousands of peasant households and irrevocably altered the biophysical relations of the Lower Zambesi, from the reservoir to the coastal regions. Based largely on the oral testimonies of the communities affected by the dam, the author examines how the socioeconomic and ecological changes brought about by Cahora Bassa dam and South Africa's destabilization campaign affected people's access to resources, their ability to utilize these resources effectively and their long-term security and survival. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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