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Bujagali Dam arguments
There are some pro and some contra Bujagali Dam - arguments. When i am going to mention that there are also existing some cons - someone has been deleting it several times.(Some b****) Please assist me - in reality there seem to be much more cons than pros - only that some big business and the world bank are interested in painting a wrong picture. Latest news:
"World Bank Ignores Inconvenient Truths in Approving Bujagali Dam
The World Bank's approval today of $360 million in loans and guarantees for Uganda's Bujagali Dam was based on a flawed study that downplays critical findings on climate change, hydrology and fisheries, according to a team of independent experts commissioned by Ugandan and US nongovernmental organizations. The dam could be disastrous for Lake Victoria, the world's largest tropical lake, and a drag on Uganda's economy. And its high cost means its electricity will not be affordable to the majority of Ugandans.
IRN's Lori Pottinger says, "The dam was a fait accompli from the start, with the Bank simply ignoring inconvenient truths about climate change and hydrology of the Nile at Lake Victoria. This project will make Uganda completely dependent for its electricity on the flows of a short stretch of the Nile, putting the country's economy at grave risk in a warming world."
The World Bank chose to ignore the possible effects of global warming on the Nile River's flows in its analysis of the project. This is contrary to the findings of many studies in which predict that climate change will worsen droughts in East Africa and at odds with the Bank's recent commitments to factor climate risk and adaptation measures into project decisions.
Independent hydrologist Daniel Kull, whose 2006 study revealed that two existing dams were combining with drought to drain Lake Victoria , analyzed the new World Bank Bujagali study and found that the new flow-release pattern it recommends could slow the recovery of Lake Victoria . He says the Bank's hydrology analysis "starts by ignoring the true damage done to Lake Victoria by the existing dams and follows with a selective and optimistic view of current lake levels and possible climate change impacts. It is disturbing that the World Bank would approve a major infrastructure project based on biased hydrologic analyses."
Says Kull: "The Bank has approved a water-release policy for Bujagali that would result in the largest freshwater lake in Africa being run as a reservoir. The new 'Victoria Reservoir' risks not fulfilling projected benefits, and further disturbing the hydrology of an already sick lake and its ecosystems."
The costly dam - now estimated at US$799 million - is not going to bring electricity to the poor. Currently, only a few percent of Ugandans are connected to the national grid. An independent economist who reviewed the World Bank's findings states, "The project is expected to have little or no positive impact on the majority of Ugandans now without electricity, and, at best, only a moderate benefit to the overall Ugandan economy."
Nikki Reisch of Bank Information Center says, "The financial package for Bujagali approved today dwarfs the amount the Bank has invested in energy for rural areas in Uganda. Today's decision signals a continued commitment to investing big money in expensive power projects that serve industrial interests, rather than increasing support for alternatives which could provide more affordable electricity for the majority of Africans who live without it,"
Lori Pottinger, Director, Africa Program, and Editor, World Rivers Review International Rivers Network <'})))>>< 1847 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, California 94703, USA Tel. (510) 848 1155 Fax (510) 848 1008 http://www.irn.org
Rwandan bodies dumped in Lake Victoria?
This seems highly unlikly.
I think they didn't fall into the lake but came in via the white nile???: "The Nile has two major tributaries, the White Nile and Blue Nile, the latter being the source of most of the Nile's water and fertile soil, but the former being the longer of the two. The White Nile rises in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, with the most distant source in southern Rwanda 2°16′55.92″S, 29°19′52.32″E, and flows north from there through Tanzania, Lake Victoria," Hans Schindler 10.08.2007 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 15:01:31, August 19, 2007 (UTC)