Save the ZAMBEZI!
Fascinating piece by journalist, guide and film maker Lauren de Remer on behalf of www.adventurescience.org on the plastics in rivers. Keep watching this place for a great movie made by Lauren and her team showcasing the proposed Batoka Dam.
Great to see developing nations leading the way.
Lets hope this doesn't happen with Kariba.
Well worth a read. Let rivers flow. https://www.theguardian.com/…/09/dams-building-let-rivers-f…
Zambia has just signed a huge nuclear deal with Russia. Whilst not good news in the larger scale of things, might make the Batoka Dam less attractive ??
Zambia signs multiple pacts for nuclear technology use
Zambia has signed four Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russia, which will enable the south...ern African country to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
According to the Times of Zambia, the development follows a directive by President Edgar Lungu for the country to develop nuclear energy in efforts to reduce the challenge of power outages.
It is reported that the four MoU, signed on Tuesday, will be implemented over a period of 15 years.
Rosatom deputy director-general, Nickolay Spassky, signed on behalf of Russia, while the Zambian delegation was led by secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, who oversaw the signing process done by relevant permanent secretaries.
Nuclear science hub
Through this pact, Russia is expected to assist Zambia with training of young nuclear energy engineers, plan for nuclear power plant personnel, develop a nuclear energy regulator and build a nuclear plant, which will provide medicine, agricultural services and energy.
"This is the result of the instruction by President Lungu for the country to develop nuclear energy to respond to challenges of load shedding and reduce the cost of medicine and agriculture," Msiska said.
On the other hand, it is reported that he said for the development of nuclear technology to succeed in the country, the onus is on the media to help explain nuclear science, which in Zambia was frowned upon due to a perception that it was dangerous.
Nuclear technology for other sectors
The second agreement was between the ministry of health and Russia’s supervisory body, Rostechnadzor, which would strengthen cooperation in nuclear safety and regulation, media reported.
The third deal was signed with the ministry of information and broadcasting services for the cooperation in enhancement of public awareness of nuclear energy in Zambia.
Information and broadcasting services permanent secretary, Godfrey Malama, said the government expected communication agents to effectively convey messages that would positively impact on citizens for the successful development of the nuclear programme.
According to the media, Malama said Zambia would work jointly with Russia to develop educational materials on nuclear energy in both English and local languages to promote and increase public awareness on nuclear energy.
The fourth is a project development agreement between JSC Rusatom Overseas and the ministry of high education for the construction of the centre for nuclear science and technology in Zambia.
Maybe Southern Africa could learn a thing or two from their North African counterparts.
An environmental success destroying a dam. Now thats progressive.
Conservationists can now point to the largest dam removal project in the U.S. as a success story. The ecosystem of Washington's Elwha River has been thriving si...nce the removal of its hydroelectric dam system. Some hope that the restoration of the Elwha River will become a shining example for the removal of dams across the U.S. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2bkRGJf
Africa (and China) it's a shame you are not listening too. http://www.circleofblue.org/…/popularity-big-hydropower-pr…/
Such tragic news.
Batoka Gorge power project finally starts
By Lovemore Ranga Mataire
Harare – The governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe are next year set to kick-start the construc...tion of the huge Batoka Gorge Dam hydropower power project, which has been in the pipeline for over a decade..
The Zimbabwe River Authority, which manages the Kariba Dam ...
Great work America. http://www.americanrivers.org/…/dams/pro…/2015-dam-removals/
Morocco is being smart......
Great news And read on to find out how this plant doesn't stop delivering energy at nighttime.
This is an impending disaster. Solar is the way forward in Africa. http://www.newyorker.com/…/one-of-africas-biggest-dams-is-f…