Massingir Dam & Flooding of Olifants Gorge ... Important Breeding Ground for Nile Crocodile
I've created this page in response to a post I saw on the SAN Parks forum and posted by a Texas USA member. Crocodile breeding ground threatened ... the post contains an article from the UK's Daily Telegraph and comment from a Kruger Park spokesman signifying the report was probably correct and that Mozambique had not consulted with SANParks about the potential threat to this important crocodile breeding area.
In summary The Massingir Dam in Mozambique was originally built in the 1970's and was never completely finished and a project has been awarded to 2 companies to carry out the refurbishments. The actual details of work being done by the 2 companies is spelled out here http://www.bingerop.co.za/Massingir.htm
Questions were asked in Parliament in 2005
INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 10 of 2005
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18 March 2005
Mr. GR Morgan (DA) to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism:
(1) Whether it is anticipated that the rehabilitation and operation of the Massingir Dam in Mozambique will have negative ecological effects on the Olifants River Gorge in the Kruger National Park; if not, why not; if so, what are these effects;
(2) Whether the Kruger National Park was consulted as an interested and affected party during the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process; if not; why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the submission made by the Kruger National Park management;
(3) Whether a copy of the EIA was made available to the Kruger National Park for comment; if not; why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(4) Whether there are any plans for a new EIA process; if not; why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(5) Whether any mitigation efforts are available to save the Olifants River Gorge once the Massingir Dam is rehabilitated; if not; why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
MR. GR MORGAN (DA)
SECRETARY TO PARLIAMENT
446. THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND TOURISM ANSWERS:
1) Yes, the rehabilitation of Massingir Dam in Mozambique could have negative impacts on the Olifants River Gorge in the Kruger National Park. One of the potentially negative impacts could be on the unique wilderness area found in the gorge. Mozambique has indicated that this would be likely to happen in the event of floods at a recurrence level of bigger than 1:20 years.
2) Kruger National Park was informed of the planned rehabilitation. Mozambique also informed the Joint Water Commission (JWC) of their intention, and DWAF has relayed South Africa’s concerns about the raising of the dam wall. Mozambique undertook to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and acknowledged South Africa’s request to be involved in the process.
3) No. Mozambique has undertaken to submit the EIA report to South Africa as soon as it becomes available.
4) Falls away.
5) Any plans on mitigation efforts will be subject to the awaited EIA report.