News & Analysis
Huge Water Resource Found in Africa: World Bank Steps In?
'Huge' water resource exists under Africa ... Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater. They argue that the total volume of water in aquifers underground is 100 times the amount found on the surface. The team have produced the most detailed map yet of the scale and potential of this hidden resource. Writing in the journal Environmental Research Letters, they stress that large scale drilling might not be the best way of increasing water supplies. Across Africa more than 300 million people are said not to have access to safe drinking water. Demand for water is set to grow markedly in coming decades due to population growth and the need for irrigation to grow crops. – BBC
Dominant Social Theme: Water, water everywhere ... it's a miracle! Who would have thunk ...
Free-Market Analysis: We've charted this elite meme for several years – water scarcity. The powers-that-be create fear-based scarcity promotions and then propose globalist solutions. Water scarcity is a big promotion for them – and this meme is a central one these days.
Right on schedule, it's been determined that Africa has water after all. Of course, Western scientists had to make this determination. This is part of the larger "cult of the expert" that the elites seek to inculcate. Until it can be documented by elite facilities, it doesn't exist.
But now it does. There's LOTS of water in Africa after all (just as there is LOTS of oil in the world, and lots of food as well, if the powers-that-be would only stop tampering with seeds). Here's some more from the article:
Now scientists have for the first time been able to carry out a continent-wide analysis of the water that is hidden under the surface in aquifers. Researchers from the British Geological Survey and University College London (UCL) have mapped in detail the amount and potential yield of this groundwater resource across the continent.
Helen Bonsor from the BGS is one of the authors of the paper. She says that up until now groundwater was out of sight and out of mind. She hopes the new maps will open people's eyes to the potential.
"Where there's greatest ground water storage is in northern Africa, in the large sedimentary basins, in Libya, Algeria and Chad," she said.
"The amount of storage in those basins is equivalent to 75m thickness of water across that area - it's a huge amount." Due to changes in climate that have turned the Sahara into a desert over centuries many of the aquifers underneath were last filled with water over 5,000 years ago.
The scientists collated their information from existing hydro-geological maps from national governments as well as 283 aquifer studies. The researchers say their new maps indicate that many countries currently designated as "water scarce" have substantial groundwater reserves.
Note the scientists didn't really discover anything new. They "collated" their findings "from existing hydro-geological maps from national governments as well as 283 aquifer studies." In other words, it was all a promotion, folks. "Parched Africa" was never more than an elite scarcity campaign. The maps showing plenty of water were there all along.
So what now? Having discovered that Africa has plenty of water, will the private market be left to make its magic? Not so fast.
A simple Internet search shows us that the other shoe may be dropped. That shoe, of course, would be globalist involvement. The whole point of creating scarcity memes is to propose globalist solutions that bring us closer to the world government so avidly sought by the powers-that-be.
Here's an excerpt from a World Bank report, courtesy of Businessdayonline:
Finance required to raise infrastructure in Sub Saharan Africa to a reasonable level within the next decade is estimated at $93 Billion every year, a World Bank report has shown. The estimates cover the Information Communication Technology, Irrigation, Power, Transport and Water Supply and Sanitation sectors.
Of the total required, existing expenditure is estimated at $45 Billion per annum and after accounting for efficiency gains of $17 Billion, the funding gap remains at about $31Billion. 'Infrastructure is a cardinal challenge facing Africa, thereby creating room for the inability of Africa to key into the avalanche of economic and commercial opportunities available in the continent,' says Kenneth Okpara, Commissioner for Economic Planning, Delta State during March Breakfast forum of Nigerian-South African Chamber of Commerce sponsored by Warri Industrial Business Park.
Okpara noted that Africa's infrastructure stocks and quality is among the least in the world, noting that lack of good governance is a major problem that prevents the continent from taking its rightful place as regards socio-economics. 'One approach to address this challenge is to facilitate the increase of private provision of Public–Private Partnership (PPP),' he notes, saying that the partnership assumes transactions where the private sector retains a considerable portion of commercial and financial risks associated with a project.
Okpara added that leveraging private sector financing through public private partnership and capital market (bonds) are the means through which the gap can be addressed.
It is fairly predictable, is it not? Africa suffers from a water problem – that turns out not to exist. But having raised the alarm, Western facilities stand ready to help. Chief among them is the World Bank that will provide much needed cash to reap the benefits of these aquifers, etc.
What may occur is wearily predictable. The World Bank lends cash to corrupt governments that squander or loot resources. The "country" is eventually unable to pay and the IMF arrives to impose "austerity" – including higher taxes and an asset sale.
Thus the powers-that-be consolidate command and control. Global governance – or at least its influence – expands.
Conclusion: Thanks to the Internet, we can clearly see the patterns now. Africa, in our view, is being readied for significant Western exploitation and it is no coincidence they are reappearing here – and now.
Posted by Hoss on 04/23/12 11:03 AM
Whenever the scarcity meme is inevitably shown to be false, authorities can be counted on to swoop in and restrict access. Artificial scarcity only takes one tool -- a gun, and it provides a pretty good living for the ones with the guns.
Posted by oldman67 on 04/21/12 11:39 AM
This should be good news for the people on that region of Africa. Sadly, the IMF and the World Bank will make sure it isn'Click to view linkke always, they will loan money and help that they know these people can't repay on time, if ever. Then these vultures take over the resources.
Posted by taxesbyanyothername on 04/20/12 10:54 PM
The only way to get groundwater from aquafers and end up with more than you could have taken from surface water, is to draw them down. Since there is very little rain in the Sahara, very little is replenished. They won't be able to use it forever, but it isn't doing anybody any good where it is, so they might as well use it.
The globalist bastards certainly are sinking their teeth deeper into Africa, just as they are elsewhere. But the resources, not just water, all sorts of resources, are not being effectively used without outside involvement. International organizations have helped cement socialism and rapacious corruption as the norm all over Africa. I doubt their pulling even more resources from the continent will make it worse any faster.
Posted by Danny B on 04/20/12 07:58 PM
The MMR project was bombed and then the factory that makes the pipes to repair it was bombed. Then, the project was bombed with DU. NO WAY does the West want the MENA to have food self-sufficiency.
Much of the world's water problems are related to poor sanitation. People crap everywhere and then wonder why their kids die of diarrhea. USAID is working to change this. LONG doc.
Click to view link
Here's an interesting comparison on food.
Click to view link
Posted by laceja on 04/20/12 06:36 PM
Take over a country with massive water reserves, that cannot be replenished. What better way to destroy a people?!
Posted by JM on 04/20/12 04:26 PM
IMHO: World Bank & Public-Private Partnerships =UN Agenda 21.
Posted by GWBramhall on 04/20/12 03:45 PM
I was about to say the same thing only, I believe, I heard
that the reservoir, though massive, is not being replentished
while being drawn on at a massive, usustainable rate.
Posted by kenn on 04/20/12 12:54 PM
Notice how the Libya issue is skirted by everyone... everyone!
The Great Man-Made River (GMR, ????? ??????? ??????) is a network of pipes that supplies water from the Sahara Desert in Libya, from the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System fossil aquifer. It is the world's largest irrigation project.
According to its website, it is the largest underground network of pipes (2820 km)  and aqueducts in the world. It consists of more than 1,300 wells, most more than 500 m deep, and supplies 6,500,000 m3 of fresh water per day to the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi, Sirte and elsewhere. The late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi described it as the "Eighth Wonder of the World."
Yep,,, big surprise,,, water in Africa.
Posted by laceja on 04/20/12 12:16 PM
This should be no surprise. Why do you think we had to have a war in Libya? It was more for the water than the oil. There we lots of articles available on the web, before the war.