Posted by: preservenile | July 26, 2012

British Institute of East Africa’s stand on the new Sudanese Dams

Immediately after the meeting about the new dams planned in Sudan at the British Museum in May, the British Institute of East Africa took an active position against the undertaking of salvage archaeology if the principles of the World Congress on Dams are not followed. We quote from their webpage:

The BIEA has decided that it will only support archaeological or other research in the affected areas if it is satisfied that the construction of these dams adheres to the principles laid down by the World Commission on Dams, including the carrying out of a comprehensive and publicly accessible environmental impact assessment and, in particular, the consent of the local community. Professor Goudie, the president of BIEA, has written to the International Society for Nubian Studies and the Sudan Archaeological Research Society to this effect.

We continue to wait for a reaction from the International Society for Nubian Studies and the Sudan Archaeological Research Society concerning their position towards the proposed dam building scheme.

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