Ethiopia’s Most Ambitious Dam Project Could Destroy its Biggest Desert Lake

By IAfrica
In Eritrea
Aug 14th, 2014
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Posted on 13 August 2014. Tags: , , , , ,

By Jessica Hatcher and Mark Hofer,

Kenya's Lake Turkana is key to sustaining life in the dry area. But new development upstream in Ethiopia could ruin it.

Kenya’s Lake Turkana is key to sustaining life in the dry area. But new development upstream in Ethiopia could ruin it.

LAKE Turkana is the world’s biggest desert lake, a vital source of life for humans and animals alike. But its lifeline is about to be cut by a push for development. Ethiopia, which borders Kenya, is building Africa’s largest hydro-electric power project, damming the Omo River, Lake Turkana’s primary source of water.

Losing the lake could not only mean wiping out a unique & delicate ecosystem that acts as the breeding grounds for millions of flamingos and supports the worlds largest population of Nile crocodiles. It could also deprive the communities around Lake Turkana of their livelihood — and jeopardize the region’s fragile peace. 


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