Friends of Lake Turkana aims to:
- Protect the natural environment, and the people and wildlife that depend upon it by linking environmental security, human rights and social need.
- Create and implement solutions where they are needed most – training local people and communities who are directly affected to investigate, expose and combat environmental degradation and associated human rights abuses.
- Campaign to raise international awareness on the issues affecting the lake and its eco system as well as the peace issues affecting the Lake Turkana communities as well as the neighboring communities.
After trying to raise concerns with the staff of the African Development Bank in early 2009, FoLT submitted a complaint to the Bank’s Compliance Review Mechanism Unit in March 2009 . Through this process, the Bank agreed to undertake consultations and a study of the lake. We have also brought information to the people of Lake Turkana, and supported various demonstrations against the dam. On August 26, 2010, we were informed by the CRMU that the problem-solving exercise was ending because the Bank had officially withdrawn consideration from the project.
In March 2009 and January 2010, communities around Lake Turkana held demonstrations opposing the dam. On June 15, FoLT joined protestors in Italy to oppose Italian funding for the dam. On May 21, we co-signed a letter to Industrial Commercial Bank of China which identified our concerns about their involvement in Gibe III dam. FoLT has met with officials from Government of Kenya (GoK), Ethiopian Electrical Power Company (EEPCo), European Investment Bank, African Development Bank, World Bank and the government of Italy to raise our concerns about Gibe III Dam.
We contributed to the proposal compilation of the Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources in Developing Countries – CoCooN in Kenya. (CoCooN is a knowledge, research and innovation programme on Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources in Developing Countries.)