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Kenya: UN Says Lake Turkana is Endangered

Featured image: Lake Turkana and the River Omo, a lifeline to many tribal peoples, are drying up due to mega dam. © Nicola Bailey/ Survival International, 2015      by Survival International UNESCO added Kenya’s Lake Turkana to its World Heritage Site Endangered List in June, a sign it believes the iconic lake’s survival is at … Continue reading Kenya: UN Says Lake Turkana is Endangered

African Court to Deliver Landmark Judgment on Ogiek Community Land Rights Case Against Kenyan Government

‘This case is of fundamental importance for indigenous peoples in Africa, and particularly in the context of the continent-wide conflicts we are seeing between communities, sparked by pressures over land and resources,‘ says Lucy Claridge, Minority Rights Group International’s (MRG) Legal Director. ‘Ultimately the Court will be ruling on the crucial role of indigenous peoples in the conservation of land and natural resources, and consequently, the mitigation of climate change in a region currently ravaged by drought and famine.’ ... Continue reading →

Investigating the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project

By Intercontinental Cry Lake Turkana Wind Power is the largest private investment in Kenya’s history. Danish and international companies and investors have already sunk millions of euros into the project. But they now await a court decision that will determine whether the land on which the turbines will be built was illegally acquired. Most communities … Continue reading Investigating the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project

Salini Engineering reported to OECD over Ethiopia/Kenya dam disaster

By Survival International Survival International has reported Italian engineering giant Salini to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) over its construction of a controversial dam which is set to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in Ethiopia and Kenya. The dam has cut off the Omo river’s regular flooding, which … Continue reading Salini Engineering reported to OECD over Ethiopia/Kenya dam disaster

Our Roots, Our Responsibility

INDIGENOUS CUSTODIANS CALL FOR RECOGNITION AND PROTECTION OF SACRED NATURAL SITES By Hannibal Rhoades / Intercontinental Cry Indigenous custodians from Benin, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia have released a powerful new statement outlining the importance of sacred natural sites and governance systems. Emerging out of a biocultural diversity revival movement that’s starting to build serious momentum across … Continue reading Our Roots, Our Responsibility

Sengwer of Kenya Forcibly Evicted from Ancestral Forest

The Sengwer People of the Embobut Forest in Kenya, one of the few remaining hunter-gatherer peoples in East Africa, are being forcibly evicted from their lands by guards from The Kenya Forest Service, with support from the Kenya police. Despite a court injunction forbidding the eviction, thousands of Sengwer People now face an all too … Continue reading Sengwer of Kenya Forcibly Evicted from Ancestral Forest

In name of “conservation”, Kenyan forces torch homes of indigenous Sengwer people

By New Internationalist Kenyan security forces have been burning hundreds of homes – belonging to some of the country’s oldest hunter-gatherers – in the last fortnight, in the name of ‘conserving forest biodiversity’ and safeguarding the area’s water catchment area for urban access. The Kenya Forest Service Guard, along with riot troops armed with AK-47 machine … Continue reading In name of “conservation”, Kenyan forces torch homes of indigenous Sengwer people

How an indigenous activist has fought to shut down funding for an 800 foot dam in Ethiopia

By Rachel Nuwer / The New York Times At a casual glance, Lake Turkana in northern Kenya may not seem a fount of milk and honey. The temperature around the lake hovers around 100 degrees, and tourists are warned not to approach the water because of the crocodiles and vipers lurking among the volcanic rocks. … Continue reading How an indigenous activist has fought to shut down funding for an 800 foot dam in Ethiopia