Apparently Egypt was not satisfied with this International Panel of Experts Report. Although the public has not had access to this report, I assume that the panel of experts have produced something akin to so many lame reports done in the international arena that are highly paid to have a short turn around.
Here is the catch - no matter how acclaimed the "expert" you hire is meant to be, no matter what country they hail from, if you give them limited data and limited time they will produce a limited report! Unless more time is taken to conduct such assessments, not just one year, but several years with good flow data (I know Ethiopia does not have flow data on the Blue Nile from their own flow meters, they were borrowing data from Sudan), a complete geologic assessment of the region, understanding of the climate and precipitation, and I don't remember any rain catchment devices out there nor temperature gages, how can you have guaranteed statements like the one Egypt is looking for? It is the politics of science - people want quick answers, but understanding natural systems is not a quick endeavor. Science is not a dog and pony show, though some international consultants would have you think so in order to take your money.
Egypt warns 'all options open' on Ethiopia dam
Posted Thursday, June 6 2013 at 02:15
- Ethiopia has begun diverting the Blue Nile 500 metres (yards) from its natural course to construct a $4.2 billion (3.2 billion euro) hydroelectric project known as Grand Renaissance Dam.