Abstract: Due to special geographic position, variety of landscapes and abundant rainfall (1,400-4,000 mm year 1), Guinea, water tower of West Africa, possesses plenty of water resources. With total of 19300 GWh for a reliable power, less than 1% of which has been exploited by now, major projects are under studying and need hydroelectric potential assessment. The installations are already operating, but only Garafiri has been the subject of an environmental impact assessment and a monitoring study (currently under way). The Samou hydroelectric system, in operation for more than 15 years, has never been the subject of an environmental assessment. Hence, the future hydraulic dams at Kaleta/Souapitti with a capacity of 710 MW, an environmental assessment on the project feasibility should be required. This study is a strategic environmental assessment on the impact of hydropower on the bauxite mining and local environmental ecology by comparison with Three Gorges Dam in China and Aswan Dam in Egypt. Our results demonstrate the way how to complete environmental assessment and how to keep sustainable development based on natural resources management.
Mohamed Diabate , GU Yan Sheng and Qiu Yan , 2008. Assessment on the Impact of Dam-Building on Environmental Change at Souapiti/Kaleta in Republic of Guinea. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 3: 329-338.