Currently, the livelihoods of 200-300 million people depend on the reliability of annual water flows in the Nile River Basin. That influence is the role played by other parts of the African continent outside the traditional Nile Basin boundaries on how much rain falls on the Nile Basin. Such “teleconnections”, in particular that with the West African Rainforest (WARF), highlight the interconnected relationship between forests, water, and the reliability of Nile River Basin flows. Approximately 85% of the water flowing into the Nile River originates from the Ethiopian Highlands. This area, which is threatened by deforestation, is located well beyond the boundaries of the Nile River Basin.
Source: Ethiopian News November 07, 2018 14:03 UTC