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Report on Nile River Basin bolsters Egypt

A new report indicates that, despite claims to the contrary, Egypt is not receiving an inflated share of the Nile's waters.
A general view of  the Qursaya Island at the Nile river in Cairo January 19, 2013. According to local media, the Egyptian Army claims that it is the registered owner of Oursaya Island. While the court of administrative justice affirmed islanders' legal right to live and farm the land in 2008, the military court in December 2012 charged 25 residents of the island for encroaching on army property and for being present in a military zone. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CITYSCA

A recent study, if taken into consideration, may tip the balances of the ongoing negotiations between the Nile Basin countries. According to the data gathered, it proves that Egypt receives the least share from the Nile River Basin water. The project on monitoring and evaluation of water in North African countries, funded by the African Water Facility, completed five reports on the state of water in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Mauritania to be presented at the next African summit. It also served the purpose of putting forth shared policies to face the scarcity of water in some African countries that suffer from severe shortages.

The report on Egypt was associated with a report on the Nile Basin that consisted of a detailed study on the state of water in the Nile Basin as well as all water resources in every Nile Basin country, be it rainwater, groundwater or surface water. It specified the shares naturally available to each country according to all real water resources, not any single one. This has bolstered Egypt’s position in the ongoing negotiations with Nile Basin countries, especially since the latter use many times the amount of water Egypt does in their pastures and forests alongside a great deal of waste in ponds and swamps, an allegation to which they do not admit

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