I'm not a 'dam guy' but the International Panel of Experts' (IPoE) report on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) Project was sent to me out of the blue by an unknown individual bearing the name 'Eastern Nile Country' (Duhhhh....):
Please find attached the final report of the International Panel Of Experts (IPOE) for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam which is constructing now on the Blue Nile - the Nile River.
Please accept my warm regards.
A return email was not answered.
The image above is a rendition of the GERD from its Wikipedia site.
The copy is a PDF of the scanned original, dated 31 May 2013. It bears the signature of the IPoE, and their intitials on each page of the report. Appendices are not included. The report had not been released to the public until now.
Here is the Foreword (click to enlarge):
My friend and soon to be Dr. Jennifer Veilleux, whom I consider to be 'da man' on the subject of the GERD, was surprised at this since she had not gotten a similar email. But her most recent blog post alludes to the fact that International Rivers leaked a copy of the report. It's the same one I have, so perhaps IR is behind this.
Read IR's analysis of the report here.
Here is what Jennifer says:
Again, nothing particularly new in the report - you can read my general analysis here - the Ethiopians cooperated and their studies are what the report is based upon, but you can now read for yourselves. The biggest hole that I can see, and I discussed this with my EEPCO and Ministry hosts in Ethiopia at the time, is the lack of rigorous environmental baseline investigation - ecosystems - what is there that will be lost (are there Abyssinian lions?) and how the Blue Nile basin, as a total system, will be managed as a holistic system for soil conservation to reduce erosion of fertile topsoil, for biodiversity, for many things not addressed yet.
Back to work now! Rapid City awaits!
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