Published on July 7th, 2015 | by Kayak Session
ONE – Protect The White Nile River – A film by Polly Green
The White Nile River in Uganda is about to be drastically lost and changed forever by the construction of the Isimba Dam. The government of Uganda and The World Bank signed an agreement protecting a whitewater section of river from being flooded by any further dam construction. The Isimba Dam is scheduled to be built at a height that would nullify the Kalagala Offset Agreement, and flood this amazing section of river. There is still a chance! To contact the World Bank and tell them we are aware of this. Building the smallest dam height option would honour the Kanagala Offset agreement and cause a fraction of the impact in and along the Nile.
Please sign and forward this petition to protect the Nile River in Uganda:
Government of Uganda: PROTECT THE ‘SOURCE OF THE NILE’ AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT DEPEND ON IT
In the past 5 weeks over 10,000 Ugandans whose communities will be affected by Isimba Dam have signed a hard copy of this same petition. But they need your help !!
We are urging the Ugandan government to downsize the Isimba Dam Hydro Power Project on the Nile in Uganda in order to honour Uganda’s international agreements, help Uganda’s continued long-term development, and protect the River Nile.
Three levels have been proposed for the height of Isimba Dam. The highest level of the dam, and its associated reservoir will:
• displace over 2000 Ugandans, who are predominantly subsistence farmers.
• deteriorate water quality and increase water-borne diseases for hundreds of thousands of Ugandans living around the project area and downstream, who rely on the Nile for drinking and washing.
• flood a unique, world famous section of whitewater. Year after year the white water attracts people from all over the world and the income associated with these visitors helps to support many thousands of Ugandan’s through well-paid jobs in tourism.
• violate a conservation agreement between the Ugandan Government and the World Bank that was put in place to protect this precious section of river that is part of every Ugandan’s heritage.
We believe the smaller alternative to be the better balance for Uganda’s future. The lowest version of the Isimba Dam will:
• still generate a substantial amount of electrical power to supplement Uganda’s requirements and will cost less to build.
• not affect the Conservation Area.
• have negligible effect on a unique and beautiful section of whitewater, that offers so much to Uganda as a tourism resource and can be developed for future generations.
• minimize the negative effects on water quality and human health.
• greatly reduce the number of people who would be displaced and the environmental impact by keeping the reservoir largely inside the river banks.
Please sign and widely promote this petition and help conserve the source of the longest river in the world, as well as the communities that depend on it.