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Libya: The Great Man-Made River: A Background Risk to Watch

The GMR, which Muammar Qadhafi liked to describe as “the eighth wonder of the world,” comprises 1,750mi of pipes and remains vital for maintaining water supply to a majority of Libya’s population. At the beginning of the uprising against Qadhafi in February 2011, over 70% of the GMR project, which cost at least $25bn to build, was complete. Six years later, the GMR is under threat – not just from armed attack or sabotage, but also from poor maintenance due to Libya’s ongoing instability.


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