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Egypt takes measures in response to collapse of Renaissance Dam talks

As Egypt faces a decrease in its water share as a result of the Grand Renaissance Dam construction in Ethiopia, parliament is now focusing on reducing the domestic use of water through laws and awareness campaigns.

CAIRO — Ever since reports emerged about the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the implications of such a project on Egypt’s water share, there has been a parliamentary tendency supported by the state to enact laws aimed at rationalizing water consumption with the aim of confronting the water shortage plaguing the country.

The Egyptian House of Representatives is to pass legislation in the coming period in line with the state’s vision to rationalize water consumption and counter the effects of GERD. Chief among these is the Irrigation and Water Resources draft law, Hisham el-Hosary, a member of parliament and head of the parliamentary Agriculture and Irrigation Committee, told Al-Monitor over the phone. 

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