This week government representatives from Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt will gather to discuss findings of the International Panel of Experts (IPE) report that has still not been disclosed to the public. Although I understand the sensitivity of needed negotiations, I expected more candor on the subject of recommendations from the report. This process is anything but transparent and this has been a huge disappointment to witness.
Somethings I would like to know, (I am not the only one who feels this way gaging by how many people have contacted me to ask if I have access to this report):
- Why the delay in releasing the findings?
- Can't we all be a part of the decision and verification of the diligence used by these "experts"?
- Is the world at large really okay with high level governmental officials, who are not scientists although some are engineers (engineers and scientists do not often speak the same language, and often do not even get along personally due to very different ways of understanding the world around them), making decisions based on scientific findings or engineering structural integrity? It seems that there is an attitude of ownership, or at least privilege, when it comes to resources related to the Blue Nile River... Why isn't the international community at large paying attention to this situation as keenly as they do, say, the Mekong River?
- What is classified about changes to the river system that impact several communities and several hundreds of thousands of people?
- Why is it that governments can hold power over science-based information?
Hopefully after this next round of discussions, citizens of all affected countries, as well as interested parties (present company included) from outside the countries can view what the report found and suggests for a sustainable and safe project. Let's go guys! Negotiate and release the report!