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

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

Environmental Protection in Eritrea

Nakfa, Eritrea. Micro dam at the beginning of the rainy season; it’s used for irrigated farming.

By Rediet Kifle,

Increasingly, the threat of environmental degradation has garnered attention as an important developmental issue. Currently, there is a strong consensus that environmental degradation can negatively affect humans and other species, and direct consequences include aspects of global warming, torrential rains or little-to-no rain, and desertification.

Notably, aspects of degradation are quite apparent in newly developing nations; for example, a recent World Risk Report categorized African nations, as being “High” or “Very High” risk for environmental degradation due to their exposure and vulnerability.”[i] Continue reading Environmental Protection in Eritrea