Impacts of the High Aswan Dam

  • Asit K. Biswas
  • Cecilia Tortajada
Part of the Water Resources Development and Management book series (WRDM)


Without any doubt, the High Aswan Dam in Egypt has been the most well-known dam in the world in the past five decades. From Argentina to Australia and from Tokyo to Timbuktu, professionals in water management and development are often familiar with the High Aswan Dam, even though they may not be aware of the names and locations of major dams in their own countries. The logical question that arises is why are numerous people aware of a dam in a distant part of the world, which they have never visited, when they often lack even elementary knowledge of important dams in their own regions? What is so special about the High Aswan Dam that has made it one of the world’s most well-known, if not the most well-known, and most discussed water infrastructures in the world?


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asit K. Biswas
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cecilia Tortajada
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Third World Centre for Water ManagementAtizapanMexico
  2. 2.Lee Kuan Yew School of Public PolicySingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.International Centre for Water and EnvironmentZaragozaSpain

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