Inappropriate management of dams

Other Names:
Mismanagement of reservoirs

Dam managers contribute to floods by keeping their reservoirs too full when there is notice of above-average rains and by emptying dams in a panic as the rivers fill, rather than earlier.


It was report following the massive Mozambiquan floods in 2000, that engineers in charge of the Cahora Bassa dam had abandoned the safety practice of partially emptying the reservoir behind the dam before the onset of the rainy season.

Broader Problems:
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 14: Life Below Water
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST