Kariba Dam

Siavonga, Zambia

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The Kariba Dam supplies hydro-electric power to Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries in the region. The dam and its six flood gates were built between 1955 and 1959, with turbine rooms to generate electricity added later. The Zambezi River, upon which the Kariba power stations are situated, serves as a natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The management of the Kariba Dam and the ensuing energy production is a result of a bilateral agreement between these two nations. The Kariba Dam is also a tourist attraction, offering amazing views and educational tours. The building of the dam has also spawned a fishing industry. The Kariba North Bank Power Station is owned and run by the Zambia Electricity Supply Company (ZESCO).

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The partnership and cooperation between Zambia and Zimbabwe in managing the Kariba Dam and the hydroelectric power stations exemplify the potential of transboundary water resources management in fostering regional integration, economic development, and sustainable energy production. It stands as a shining example of what can be achieved when nations come together to responsibly and effectively harness shared natural resources.
A source of electric power, but also an important water resource.
Fostering regional integration and economic development.
Kariba North hydroelectric power station, a cornerstone of Zambian energy infrastructure
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The Kariba Dam, an impressive feat of engineering, stands as a testament to mankind's ability to harness nature's raw power. Nestled between Zambia and Zimbabwe, this colossal structure is a marvel of modern-day engineering. The dam, spanning over 128 meters high and 579 meters long, arrests the flow of the mighty Zambezi River. Its scale is not just for aesthetics; the dam is a powerhouse, literally.
Vital cornerstone for the economies of both Zambia and Zimbabwe
Fuels various industries, from mining to manufacturing, and agriculture
A chance to spot elephants, hippos, and crocodiles in their natural habitats
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The Kariba Dam, straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, stands as a monumental testament to human ingenuity and its ability to harness the power of nature. This colossal structure not only dominates the landscape but also the energy sector of both countries. As a critical linchpin in the region's infrastructure, it serves as a prominent source of hydroelectric power, fuelling economic growth and sustainable development.
An indispensable role in providing a steady supply of electricity
Stimulates the growth of ancillary industries, such as tourism and fishing
Plays a pivotal role in the economic, social, and cultural life of Zambia
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