Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hisham Qandeel said on Saturday 28/1/2012 that the committee entrusted with studying the impact of Ethiopia’s Millennium Dam has decided to convene by the end of the week in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
During the two-day meeting, the committee that includes experts from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will select two international water and social sciences experts as new committee members.
The committee has chosen two international experts in the field of dam construction, mega reservoirs and environment during a meeting held 10 days ago in the Sudanese capital. The committee is due to meet in February in Cairo to start its assessment job.
The Minister confirmed that the Ethiopian side reiterated during the Khartoum meeting its commitment to making available all required information during the experts’ assessment that is expected to take six to nine months.
At the end of its assessment, the committee will present its recommendations to the three governments about both the positive and negative impact of constructing the dam as well as means to handle those impacts.
The committee’s job will prepare for announcing a unified stance on the Millennium Dam by the three nations.
Mega Damming of the Life giving waters of Ethiopia. This process is menacing the existence of the inhabitants of the region by drying the sources and lakes. The main reason advertised for damming is for production of Electricity and exporting energy. This could be done by small human level dams.The underlying reason is to the irrigation for the great land grabbing for cash crop exportation for financial speculators. Moreover, such mega projects leads to undue water crisis.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Three-way committee on Ethiopian dam meets in Addis Ababa later this week
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