Libya's Desert Water

The Great Man-Made River is one of the largest civil engineering projects in the world, but it is almost unknown outside Libya.

When he was invited to visit the project, Richard Hollingham had no idea what sort of reception he would receive.

Inaugurated in 1991, The Great Man-Made River (GMR) consists of 5000 kilometres of pipes carrying 6.5 million cubic metres of water a day from desert aquifers to cities and farms on the coast.

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The Great Man-Made River is one of the largest civil engineering projects in the world, but it is almost unknown outside Libya.

When he was invited to visit the project, Richard Hollingham had no idea what sort of reception he would receive.

Inaugurated in 1991, The Great Man-Made River (GMR) consists of 5000 kilometres of pipes carrying 6.5 million cubic metres of water a day from desert aquifers to cities and farms on the coast.