Jul 10 2022
Importance Reasons Rivers Dredging is NOT Viable in South Sudan; White Nile Tributaries | Citizens Said No to Egypt & Greedy Leaders to Dredge Our Rivers | Majok Wutchok | Maked Talks
The river Nile is the world’s longest river, stretching over 4,000 miles from its sources in Lake Victoria to its end in delta on the Mediterranean Sea. The river Nile is also the longest river in Africa, and its tributaries are vital to the continent’s economy and ecology. There is growing evidence that dredging river Nile tributaries, particularly the Naam and Bahr el Ghazal rivers, can have a significant and long-term impact on the river system, ecological, human and biodiversity. Contextually, this practice has a number of negative consequences for river systems. For instance, allowing the Egyptians to dredge Naam river and the Bahr el Ghazal river in South Sudan can lead to the river becoming shallower and wider, making it more susceptible to flooding. Furthermore, the Bahr el Ghazal river can become narrower and faster-flowing as a result of dredging, this can make it more difficult for fish and other aquatic creatures to migrate up and down the river. However, the long-term impact of dredging these tributaries could be devastating.The Nile river and its tributaries provide water for agriculture, industry and human consumption for over 300 million people in 11 countries. As the population in the Nile basin continues to grow, so does the demand for water. In order to meet this demand, river basins are being dredged to deepen and widen river channels. Dredging is the removal of sediments and other materials from the bottom of river basins, lakes, and other water bodies. It is often used to maintain navigation channels, improve water flow for transportation or irrigation, or to develop aquatic habitats for fish and other wildlife. However, dredging can also have negative consequences for the environment, local communities, and long-term sustainability of the river system.
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