In my last entry I posted something on a local conflict between  pastoralists on the Kenya-Ethiopia border.

In passing, I mentioned Ethiopia’s construction of a dam on the Omo River (in fact,  a series of dams), the water source that sustains Lake Turkana, which is mostly in Kenya.  It has been obvious for years that these dams could lead to devastating consequences for both human and animal ecosystems downstream.  Many thousands of  rural Ethiopians and Kenyans would be affected, but the impact in Kenya will almost certainly be much bigger.

Ethiopia claims to have studied the potential impacts but has refused to make the studies public.  This doesn’t pass the smell test, of course. International advocacy groups have taken up the cause, and finally seem to have gotten the attention of the Kenya government.  Ethiopia is still stonewalling.

From a Nairobi paper yesterday:   Kenya wants joint water resource control with Ethiopia

Some background, originally published on February 17, 2011 by the African Press Agency, a good continent-wide news service and kept available by International Rivers, an advocacy group:  Kenyans to protest Chinese involvement in Ethiopia’s Gibe III Dam