Impacts of natural resources & mega development projects to people (women)

   - - > By Monica Yator
,Program Officer

A huge transport infrastructure project to link Kenya’s coast, Juba in South Sudan, and Ethiopia by 2030 is raising questions about the potential impact on the livelihoods of pastoralists, and protection and compensation for those adversely affected.In Lamu, some families have been displaced by port construction work and are yet to be compensated, according to Shakila Abdalla, a Lamu Member of Parliament, who noted that there had been inadequate environmental impact assessments, and that Lamu’s infrastructure might not be able to cope with the expected influx of people. Lamu’s population is about 102,000 but could more than double by 2017, noted Ms Abdalla.

A huge transport infrastructure project to link Kenya’s coast, Juba in South Sudan, and Ethiopia by 2030 is raising questions about the potential impact on the livelihoods of pastoralists, and protection and compensation for those adversely affected.In Lamu, some families have been displaced by port construction work and are yet to be compensated, according to Shakila Abdalla, a Lamu Member of Parliament, who noted that there had been inadequate environmental impact assessments, and that Lamu’s infrastructure might not be able to cope with the expected influx of people. Lamu’s population is about 102,000 but could more than double by 2017, noted Ms Abdalla. According to Abdikadir Omar, MP for Balambala in Garissa County, eastern-central Kenya, while Lapsset will go through an area that has never been developed before, there are concerns about potential adverse effects on pastoral livelihoods with the blocking off of migratory routes. There is a need to address these problems from a host community point of view, before a camel and a bulldozer are facing each other’ the issue of land and its management is central to the Lapsset project  

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Lapsset land allocation review expected to end disputes

Lapset ProjectThe National Land Commission has agreed to review for the second time the 70,000 acres of land allocated to the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) Corridor Development Authority following disputes involving the major stakeholders, including the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Lamu County. During the meeting, chaired by the NLC chairman Muhammad Swazuri and attended by representatives from the Lamu County, KPA, and the Ministry of Energy, it was agreed that only 32,500 acres would be shared among the concerned stakeholders since it was established the rest of the land is covered by the ocean.

Dr Swazuri also directed KPA to inform the land commission how much land it needed for port related activities. Lamu County Governor Issa Timamy thanked the land commission for involving the devolved unit in finding resolution over the land dispute. “The County government is the representative of the people of Lamu. Every investor willing to come and invest in Lamu must ensure they obey the rules and regulations by ensuring the county leadership is fully informed over the same,” said Mr Timamy.

The meeting came at a time when divisions were evident among Lamu leaders over NLC’s decision to allocate 70,000 acres of land at Kililana and Mashunduani areas in Hindi Division to the Lapsset Authority.

Courtersy of Daily Nation

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