Kenya-Ethiopia Talks on Lake Turkana Basin Start in Nairobi

Thursday January 12, 2017 (MFA Press) — The Kenya-Ethiopia Bilateral talks on Terms of Reference  (TORS ) for Lake Turkana Basin wide strategic environmental assessment study is currently ongoing at National Museums of Kenya.

The two-day talks  will discuss the terms of reference  for Strategic Environmental  Assessment  (SEA) on Lake Turkana  and how it will be implemented.

In a speech read by Director Cultural Diplomacy Ms Hellen Gichuhi, Political and Diplomatic Secretary Amb. Tom Amolo called on participants to come up  with a mutually acceptable TOR bearing in mind preservation and sustainable use of Lake Turkana Basin resources is for mutual benefit of future generations of two countries.

“I am hopeful that during consultations,we will agree on one consultant and a common Ethiopia-Kenya SEA. This calls for close collaboration between the two Countries during the SEA process,” said Amb Amolo.

Lake Turkana is vital to two countries, apart being a tourist destination, it is also the largest permanent Desert Lake in World and World fourth largest Salt Lake.

The SEA would address the state of conservation of the Lake Turkana Basin in response to developmental programmes in the area.