05 June 2013

Egypt to Establish a Water Security Council

Egypt has a situation. I am interested to read this morning that the government has decided to form a water security council. See the article here that my friend was kind enough to send to me. This is a much more constructive reaction to the current wave of changes happening on the Nile River, not just the Blue Nile tributary.

A council like this could serve to really brainstorm about how to collaborate with neighboring countries regarding shared water use, but also focus on more responsible water use in Egypt - reducing the dependency and need so when things come up, like the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, it doesn't cause people to go into crisis mode.

The Blue Nile River, where the GERD project is being constructed, flows through Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt. The water volume is said to contribute 85% of all water to the Nile River in Egypt - the two main sources (tributaries) of the Nile River - the Blue Nile and White Nile Rivers - converge in Sudan. The Nile River watershed is contained in 11 countries of Africa and constitutes one of the more complex political landscapes in the world.

Egypt to form national council for water security

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 9:54 AM 
Flowing tab water in Egypt - Reuters
The Egyptian presidency is going to form a national council for water security, reported a local newspaper on Wednesday.
The council will include a number of political figures and representatives from different political currents, in addition to specialists in water issues, reported AlAkhbar newspaper.
The anticipated council aims at putting together a strategy for securing Egypt's water needs during the upcoming period.
Ethiopia began last week diverting the course of the Blue Nile river, one of the Nile River’s two major tributaries, for the construction of its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
A move that raised serious concerns in Egypt as a downstream country that depends fully on the Nile for its water supply.
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