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EIPSA's Objectives

In 2011, Ethiopia began building the Great Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River in a place called Guba, 60 kilometres from Sudan, which will hold 65 billion cubic meters of water the purpose of which is to generate more than 6000 MW of hydroelectric power. This has become a serious topic of our time both in the East Africa sub-region and globally. As the Nile is an international river on which the Egyptian economy heavily relies Egypt has become anxious about the Dam and its potential impacts on the flow of the Nile waters. When the Tripartite Technical Commission, which was established a year ago constituting of four international experts and two experts each from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, to study the overall impacts of the project, submitted its report to all concerned, and at the time when Ethiopia began diverting the river for purposes of commencing construction, Egyptian political parties, if not all, began to sturdily oppose the Ethiopia Dam.

This went to the extent of a televised complain and threat to arms Ethiopian rebels, use military force to destroy the dam and work with Ethiopia’s foes in the region to destabilize the country.  We believe that Egypt's attitude and position in this regard are counterproductive for the regional peace and stability as it hinders efforts to reduce poverty and improve socio-economic developments in the region. Ethiopian international professionals come together to professionally support activities in favor of equitable use of the Nile water resources among the riparian countries for regional peace and stability and poverty reduction. There are, nonetheless, several gaps and challenges surrounding the subject including the absence of:

  • a professional body with the ability to provide clear and compelling information to the world;
  • a transparent and accountable process as to why such a big dam was necessary as opposed to constructing several dams at different places and times;
  • a framework through which experts of other riparian countries can positively contribute to the debate and the project; and
  • the absence of body/framework or a conducive environment to mobilise and unite diaspora Ethiopians with relevant expertise and skills to positively contribute to the situation.

Vision

EIPSA aspires to become a center of excellence on water and related issues in Ethiopia and North East African region in order to support Ethiopia`s efforts from different perspectives and to be a channel between experts from Ethiopia and the sub-region. It seeks to provide its best services to the maintenance and sustainable utilization of the country`s water resources, dams, and other hydraulic infrastructures. By so doing EIPSA envisages to create a network of professionals in the Nile Basin to promote equitable and reasonable utilization of the waters of the Nile through cooperation to alleviate poverty and support efforts to ensure overall socio-economic development in Ethiopia in particular and in the Nile Basin in general.

Mission

EIPSA is a professional association of volunteers which aims to create a platform for Ethiopians and professionals of Ethiopian-origin from all over the world to contribute to the development of the water sector in Ethiopia from a multi-disciplinary multi-stakeholder perspective. Hence, its mission is to enhance and expand knowledge on water issues in Ethiopia, support Ethiopia`s efforts of utilizing its water resources, maintaining and protecting Ethiopia`s national interests on transboundary watercourses in accordance with internationally accepted principles-mainly the principle of equitable and fair apportionment. Promote the fair and equitable sharing of the Nile River through dialogue, respect, and recognition of the rights of all nations in the basin. The Mission defines IEPSA’s purpose and main objective.

Objectives

It should be noted that EIPSA is an association of professionals from different disciplines and different countries across the world. It can be regarded as a network of experts who can contribute their expertise to their country in particular and to the Nile Basin in general to enhance cooperation on the Nile that will ensure mutual benefit among the riparian states. In addition to this, EIPSA sets out to work in collaboration with domestic experts and appropriate entities regarding the different aspects of the Nile waters in general and the GERD in particular. Under these general objectives, the forum pursues the following key and specific objectives:

  • Providing direct professional support in a diverse set of disciplines relating to the equitable and sustainable use of the Blue Nile, in general and to the assessment, use and maintenance of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), in particular.
  • Preparing a credible and detailed database on the Nile River in general and the GERD and other dams on the Nile in particular;
  • conducting scientific research on all aspects of the GERD and  providing expertise and assistance to the Renaissance Dam National Committee in the fields of engineering, agriculture, environment, economics, law and trans-boundary water management, amongst others;
  • Providing comprehensive, informed and unified information regarding Ethiopia’s position and rights on the use of the Nile, its views on the principle of shared use of the waters, and aspects of construction and use of the Dam for consumption by the national and international media. This would be done both proactively or in response to materials on the international media and other discussions in professional forums on the construction of the dam, through actively tracking the dissemination of such materials;
  • Conducting scientific research on all aspects of the physical, legal and political aspects of the nature and use of the Nile River in general and the Blue Nile in particular; with  the aim of understanding the legal, natural  and reasonable  entitlements of  Ethiopia; and other riparian countries  concerning the use of the Nile;
  • Promoting scholarship and high-level research on the Nile issue in all its aspects;
  • Promoting and facilitating dialogue among professionals of all riparian countries (and others) on the use of the Nile and its resources for common and shared benefit thereby foster peace and prosperity in the Nile Basin.


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