Alex Russell

Articles by Alex Russell

Payments to Farmers Could Help to Keep Malawi’s Dams Clear

January 23, 2018

When sediment builds up in a hydropower reservoir it can damage turbines and clog spillways. It reduces how much electricity a plant can generate, and it’s expensive to dredge. In Malawi, this is especially a problem, as hydropower provides nearly all of the country’s electricity.

What Buckets of Beans Can Tell Us About Fishery Co-Management

June 27, 2017

In a game to simulate fishery co-management in Tanzania, groups of five fishers holding spoons and buckets stood around bins of beans. The buckets represented their boats, and the bins were bodies of water. The beans were fish.