Egypt receives 55.5 billion cubic metres of water from the Nile and extracts 4.5 billion from subterranean water and other sources, says Nader Noureddin, a professor of agricultural resources at Cairo University.
expects the way out of the current standoff will come in two steps.
The first should involve asking the EU to send experts to assess the impact of existing plans for the dam on Egypt's supply of water while the second will see the UN becoming involved.
"Egypt has to clearly state that the dam will not only compromise its sole water supply but could threaten regional security by creating a conflict that leads to war," he
The problem, says Noureddin
, is that "while we are moving from one report to another, and one committee to another, construction work on the dam continues."