Joshua Lohnes* - West Virginia University
The town of St. Katherine is located in the mountainous and most water rich region on the Sinai Peninsula. This relative water abundance was a critical factor to the historical and cultural landscape that emerged there over the centuries. Past human settlements have left an intricate network of catchments, conduits and wells. Much of this infrastructure is still in use today across the hundreds of orchards that dot the valley floors around this growing urban center. A pipeline has recently linked this community to the Nile River hundreds of miles away restructuring water consumption patterns throughout the area and reinforcing a sedentarization process that began forty years ago. This paper discusses the effects that increased capital flows from the tourism industry have had on St. Katherine's waterscape, challenges the hydro-development discourse in the area and reflects on some of the ways that new water management schemes are being negotiated among the multiple stakeholders in and around St. Katherine.