What is wrong today?
The Sahara region is the driest region on the planet. In history books one can read that once the region was vegetated. Rivers ran through the area and in the Northern part of Mali there is even sources that indicate that there has been an enormous lake. Due to droughts, woodcutting, animals and usage the region has lost this vegetation. With the disappearance of this vegetation also viable water sources dried out and vanished.
Ancient megalakes in Africa
In the past 30-50 years it became publicly known that the situation in the region was worsening. The situation at that point had been worsening for many decades. The new possibilities for global information access has helped put the gravity of the situation forward and raise public awareness. This is not enough though.
Inhabitants in the area moved south- and northwards and life in the region practically disappeared. In spite of many local and internationally coordinated attempts to revitalize the region, so far no concrete results have been achieved. Aid has not turned the situation for the better. At the same time populations increase and more and more people are becoming dependant on less resources. A human disaster looks around the corner every day.
Restructuring the landscape
In order to revitalize the region a structural change will need to made. Inevitably the most reasonable thing to do is to structurally change the region. In other parts of the world creating water sources has been common practice to revitalize regions. It is time to stop digging wells and to seriously restructure the situation. Given the size of the area to revitalize, the restructuring will need to be equally enormous to have effect.
The Sahara Canal Project proposes the construction of a wide waterway in order for the region to benefit from its full potential. The construction of the Sahara Canal itself is an effort that will take global participation and cooperation, yet the benefits will be worldwide as well.
72 trillion plus liter of water every day
The main objective of the Sahara Canal Project is water for the Sahara region. Not a bottle, not a pump, not a stream, no, a vast and durable quantity of water!
In numbers 6000 kilometer times 200 meter width times 60 meter depth equals 72,000,000,000 cubic meters of water. 72 trillion liters of constant water! Not counting the extra water for the various coves such as harbors and deviations for hydro energy and desalinization projects.
Add to that 30.500 square kilometers times an average of 8 meter depth for Lake Chad: 244,000,000 cubic meter or 244 billion liters of water!
Now this would make a change! This would really make a difference!
All life starts with water
This water will be input for industry, desalinization, revegetation, food production, energy industry, infrastructural projects, shipping industry & holiday industry. Jobs, income and over time independence for the host and surrounding countries. Urbanization, educational institutions, growth of middle class & growth of economies.
Africa and the world will gain a serious infrastructural project, a serious food production area, serious green energy possibilities and more. Possibilities for development become endless, possibilities for life become real and unlike anything our time has seen.
Continental infrastructural water projects: a matter of time
There have been made up plans for another canal in Africa. One of them is the Transaqua Project. This project drawn up decades ago foresees to refill Lake Chad with water from the Zaire river in Congo. Through a navigable canal rain and river water is redirected towards Lake Chad. In itself a good project, because it would directly lead fresh water into Lake Chad and the project would generate jobs and trade possibilities. The Lake Chad region, the destination of the canal, would also be revitalized. The Transaqua project also proposes ‘smaller’ canals land inward from the Mediterranean Sea. Still with the same objective: revitalizing the North African regions. A very interesting project, however the fact construction has not begun, also shows the – geopolitical and financial – difficulty for such projects.
Another example of a continental water project is NAWAPA, which stands for North American Water and Power Alliance. This project envisions the redistribution of the North American continental fresh water resources. This project has been designed to cope with future fresh water shortages on the American continent. The aim is to make effective use of available fresh water resources, creating millions of jobs and securing fresh water distribution for future generations. The building costs of this NAWAPA Project are enormous, but these costs are deemed futile with regard to the outcome.
Why mention Transaqua and NAWAPA? It shows that huge continental infrastructural projects have been proposed and studied before. It shows that humanity is thinking about its fresh water supply. It shows that humanity is aware of the necessity of conserving fresh water. All this in a developed continent. Without fresh water, without these project and this awareness both the American and African continent remain in the same developing state. As populations will grow, the need for actually initiating these projects will become of vital importance. We believe it is a matter of time before these projects, or similar projects, will be executed.
AWAPA – billions of people, billions of possibilities
It is past due for Africa to have an equal, if you want the AWAPA – the African Water and Power Alliance. We are in favor of the Transaqua Project and we believe the Sahara Canal Project would complete the African water resource problem and more. The building costs of the Transaqua and Sahara Canal Projects would be greater than the NAPAWA project, greater than any project in history, yet so would be the gain. Billions of people gaining access to water would mean billions of possibilities for life!
It goes without saying that the investment costs for this project should not be the issue. Political differences should be put aside. If not today, then tomorrow the world will see that the only way to structurally change the outlook of the world and Africa is to invest in water projects.