The Politics of Mapping

Ross Holland examines the political consequences of mapping and using certain projections on maps, and the colonial history behind the maps we use everyday. Geography and politics are intrinsically linked. The amount of land a country owns is, more often than not, a huge factor in determining a country’s political power, as well as the…

Rising Waters: Ethiopia’s New Mega-Dam Creates Tensions in The Horn of Africa

David Figueira Bourton discusses the impacts of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on Egyptian and Ethiopian water disputes and assesses the possibility of a military resolution. Since 2011 the $4.8bn Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been under construction on the Blue Nile River. The dam is located in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia,…

The United Nations and project REDD*

Summer Wyatt-Buchan assesses the impact of the United Nation’s REDD programme and what it means for reforestation. *REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) The work of the United Nations REDD programme has been crucial for the growth and preservation of forestry within developing countries. Launched in 2008 this organisation is celebrating over ten…