GERD Will Benefit Not Only Ethiopia, But Also Egypt & Sudan: UNESCO Water Cooperation Chair Notes

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Addis Ababa, September 15/2020(ENA) The Nice Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will definitely be an enormous assist not solely to Ethiopia but in addition to Egypt and Sudan if the international locations are prepared to achieve an settlement primarily based on mutual advantages, UNESCO Worldwide Water Cooperation Chair Professor Ashok Swain stated. 

Lack of belief between the three international locations is hampering the prospect to achieve an settlement over the GERD as Egypt and Sudan are expressing worry that the dam will restrict the circulation of water to downstream international locations, affecting the quantity of water they obtain from the Nile, Professor Swain instructed France24 on Monday.

Nonetheless, the professor burdened the necessity to perceive the character of hydropower dam that has nothing to do with the quantity of water within the river because it doesn’t eat water for its functioning.

“There is this idea of Egypt and Sudan fearing that Ethiopia controlling this amount of water in the upstream will have repercussions in the downstream. But we must also know that this dam is a hydropower dam. This is not an irrigation dam or any multipurpose dam. So, because it is a hydropower dam the water will be in the river. It will  not be going anywhere.”

Upon completion, GERD would play a paramount position within the improvement of Ethiopia, Swain  stated, including that the dam has additionally an excessive amount of advantages to Egypt and Sudan.

The period of filling the dam together with throughout extended dry season, dispute settlement mechanisms that should be put in place, and different points are nonetheless below dialogue between the three international locations, he elaborated.

Nonetheless, he added that the downstream international locations will solely be capable of profit if they’re prepared to achieve an settlement primarily based on mutual advantages  on easy methods to use or function the dam.  

“If there is this kind of readiness, this dam will certainly be a big help to all the countries,” the professor reiterated. 

The chair additional acknowledged that the basis trigger of the present downside within the tripartite negotiations lies within the 1959 treaty signed between Egypt and Sudan that allocates water to the 2 international locations, excluding Ethiopia and different international locations throughout the basin.

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