Negotiating environmental justice Can international attention halt dam projects?
As Ethiopia’s Omo River is depleted by new dams and large ag biz, the water level of Kenya’s Lake Turkana, the river’s terminus, is under grave threat. Thus strife will increase among Lake Turkana residents, making efforts such as “Kitchen Without Borders” even more important!
In 2013, No Water No Life visited Cabesi and spoke with founder, Rolf Gloor, who said “If people can sit down to eat together, peace will come.”
Find out more Read a recent Nat Geo article (Aug 2015) for stories about the threats to Lake Turkana, Africa’s largest desert lake. Watch a video by International Rivers about the hydrological impacts of dam projects in the region. CABESI is a project offering alternative livelihoods to pastoralists who find their old traditions must adapt to future needs and climatic situations. Kitchen Without Borders encourages peaceful experiences and dialogue amongst rival tribes in conflict over water rights.
Africa: Kenya; North Rift District, Turkana Land, Eliye Springs (aka Ille Springs), on Lake Turkana’s western shore, Kenya Oil village, water pump built in ’92 for traditional Turkana village (when company of same name was here)
Africa: Kenya; North Rift District, Turkana Land, Eliye Springs (aka Ille Springs),on Lake Turkana’s western shore, women carrying baskets, PR
Africa: Kenya; North Rift District, Turkana Land, fishing village of Natarai on Ferguson’s Gulf on Lake Turkana, Turkana boy carrying tilapia fish he has caught
This film outlines how Ethiopia’s new Gibe Dams will cause a 70% water-level reduction over the next 3 years – and thus drastically impact Ethiopia’s Omo River, its Lake Turkana terminus in Kenya, and ½ million residents in this Rift Valley’s Cradle of Humankind. These hydro-dams – and the new commercial agricultural plantations they will irrigate – threaten the livelihoods of local indigenous tribes and their ecosystems. The Gibe Dams will also imperil the Omo-Turkana Basin’s migrating birds, fish and crocodile populations, and the scant amount of wildlife left.
The film pleads that water flows be managed so as to maintain the sustainability of the Omo River, Lake Turkana, and today’s indigenous communities who represent 6000 years of self-sustaining flood-recession farmers and fishermen. For more information on the Omo River : Download the factsheet on Gibe III Dam by International Rivers.
ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS FROM NWNL: For many millennia, the Omo’s annual 60 foot floods from the highlands’ monsoonal rains have supplied nutrient-rich silt and irrigation for the crops of the Mursi, Suri, Karo, Hamar, Nyangatom, Dassanech and other
unique indigenous cultures. In a 2008 NWNL interview…. Read the full story here.