Kenya and Ethiopia Agree on Terms of Reference for Lake Turkana Basin Assessment

Friday January 13, 2017 (MFA Press) — Kenya and Ethiopia have agreed on Terms 0f Reference (TORs) for Lake Turkana Basin wide Strategic Environmental Assessment study (SEA), after a two-day bilateral talks held at the National Museum of Kenya.

Speaking during the signing Ceremony Political and Diplomatic Secretary Amb. Tom Amolo called for close collaboration between the two countries during the SEA process.

“Lake Turkana is a vital asset to both countries, and its of critical importance that we safeguard this shared natural heritage and preserve the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Lake Turkana Heritage Sites,” said Amb. Amolo.

The goal of  SEA is to undertake a study on the direct, indirect and cumulative impact of development policies, programs and plans on the Lake Turkana Basin and its implications on the (OUV).

The SEA will analyse environmental, social, cultural and economic aspects of  policies, programmes and plans related to heritage, energy, agriculture, fisheries, livestock, environmental and water sectors at Lake Basin in Kenya and Ethiopia.

The Lake Turkana National Parks were designated as World Heritage Site in 1997 and this designation were extended in  2001.

Present and signing for Ethiopia was Amb. Shemsudin Ahmed who also doubled as the head of Ethiopian Delegation.