Zambezi Dam?

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Zambezi Dam?

Post by KenHy » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:42 pm

Saw this on the Water by Nature Facebook page - does anyone know any more detail about it or if it will effect any of the Zambezi rapids? Only 50km downstream of Vic falls so imagine it would have to have some impact? The dam at Kariba creates a lake over 200km long

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Post by Onecar » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:54 pm

That really is terrible news.
Some of the biggest rapids on The Zambezi are much lower down the river than the classic 1 day section below victoria falls.
I'm not sure if this section will be affected but some rapids will undoubtedly be lost. Many raft outfits do a 5 day raft trip down to a fishing camp at ( or at least used to when I was there several years ago) Decca Drum. It will undoubtedly affect this. However if it can help the terrible problems and poverty in Zimbabwe then I'd find it difficult to be too critical of it.

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Post by howhardcanitbe » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:17 am

From a conversation with Sven years back, I believe there was a location for the dam identified, just down stream of Lower Moemba, the last rapid/fall on day 3 of a trip down the river. That would tie in with being 50K (ish) downstream from Vic Falls, the river would flood back to about number 10, effectivley taking out day 2 and 3 of the traditional trips. Day 1 and the highest concentration of rapids would be largely untouched so you could still get scared thinking about the pourover on number 5 or just looking at number 9 but if this was the case you would loose 12b and number 11, (the tubing wave), plus all of the other world class rapids.

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Post by Adrian Cooper » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:38 pm

Onecar wrote:However if it can help the terrible problems and poverty in Zimbabwe then I'd find it difficult to be too critical of it.
I can think of a much cheaper way of aleviating some of the poverty in Zimbabwe.

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Post by Onecar » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:17 pm

I'm sure you can Adrian but I'm afraid it's been a long time since even Tories have been allowed to kill poor people.

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Post by jmmoxon » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:13 pm

The Batoka dam has been on hold for many years, but looks like it is back on the cards:
http://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/bato ... ahead.html

A potted history:
http://www.financialgazette.co.zw/compa ... lloon.html

There are also plans for a dam further down in Mozambique:
http://www.internationalrivers.org/africa/zambezi-river

There is a programme about the wildlife of the Zambezi on BBC2 right now...

Mike

P.S. In the meantime, the lip of the gorge from the falls to its end, on the Zimbabwe side, is a minefield, though this is being cleared.
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Post by jmmoxon » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:50 pm

Water by Nature have posted the following:
We were extremely saddened to hear that the dam that has been on hold since 1993 for the Batoka Gorge (where the rafting takes place) has had agreement between Zimbabwe and Zambia to go ahead once more. Work has even commenced by the Chinese dam builders on the road into the site at Chabango Falls. This will get rid of most of the Zambezi river and you will not even be able to raft a day trip there!
How do you feel about this? We have started a Facebook Page to raise awareness and we plan on going to the highest government levels to raise awareness that there are now other options for power generation to damming wild beautiful rivers and effecting fragile and important ecosystems. The Coruh and the Omo have been dammed to the total detriment of the area, lets not let this happen to the Zambezi. Support International Rivers.
http://www.facebook.com/StopTheBatokaDa ... mbeziRiver

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Post by Patrick Clissold » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:49 am

Onecar wrote:I'm sure you can Adrian but I'm afraid it's been a long time since even Tories have been allowed to kill poor people.
I think he was referring to killing only 1 person, who is the opposite of poor, in fact steals all the countries wealth while his people are starving to have massive banquets in honour of his annoyingly aged birthday.

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Post by raffanjr » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:21 am

Hi I am currently video boating on the Zam so I know all about the dam, this is the current plan:

The dam will almost certainly go ahead, and will (apparently) be in place by 2020, this dam will most likely flood everything up to rapid number 4 which effectively means no more zambezi as you know it. The lower section will apparently remain unaffected however despite what people may say it really is not as good as the 1-25 section.

My opinion is this dam will definitely go ahead as it has become one of many symbols of increased cooperation between zim and zam which is something that the respective governments have been pushing for recently I personally doubt that it will be completed by 2020 though...

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