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A farewell trip to the Zambezi

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Save the Conwy has just got back from an amazing trip to the Batoka Gorge on the Zambezi.

As with many others around the world this fantastic river is about to disappear under a hydro dam reservoir. A 183m high dam wall (sited at the picture below) will flood around 35 miles of river up to around 1mile from the base of the Victoria Falls UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Problems with high levels of methane production in dams at this latitude are well known, recent studies show that hydro dam reservoirs account for 8% of all man-made green house gases, more the Canada’s entire emissions.

BioScience paper on methane and hydro reservoirs,

The economy of nearby Livingston has grown up around the visitors to this amazing river, home to the endangered Fish Eagle, Zambia’s national bird. It is hard to imagine how this community will benefit in a country almost entirely self sufficient in power already.

For more information click the link.

International Rivers , Zambezi Dam

Thanks to Seppi Strohmeier for the images and video.