Current Initiatives

Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) – For Indigenous Peoples, the Right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is a requirement, prerequisite and manifestation of the exercise of their fundamental right to Self-determination as defined in international law. Free, Prior and Informed Consent is a fundamental underpinning of Indigenous Peoples’ ability to conclude and implement valid Treaties and Agreements with other parties, to exert sovereignty over their lands and natural resources, to develop and participate in processes that redress and correct violations, to accept any results that emerge from these processes, and to establish the terms and criteria for negotiations with States over any and all matters affecting them.

Citizens guide to World Commission on Dams (WCD) – This Citizens’ Guide to the World Commission on Dams is intended as a tool for people in their struggles for social justice and environmental protection. You can download the WCD Final Report and the Citizens Guide to WCD in our documents page.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) – The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday September 13, 2007. The Declaration is the most comprehensive statement of the rights of indigenous peoples ever developed, giving prominence to collective rights to a degree unprecedented in international human rights law. The adoption of this instrument is the clearest indication yet that the international community is committing itself to the protection of the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples.

The New Constitution of Kenya – The New Constitution in Kenya brings about decentralization and improved checks and balances which will in turn have a profound impact on Kenyan life by bringing government closer to the people, involving citizens (including women) more actively in decision-making, and enhancing transparency and accountability across all parts of government. However, there is a need for the citizens to understand the constitution thus an effort to translate the document to community languages to better their understanding of the constitution and their rights as well as a clear understanding of the framework of their participation in natural resource management.

Ongoing Programmes

Gibe III Campaign:

FoLT is currently undertaking a campaign to highlight to the Kenyan public, legislators, diplomatic missions, donor agencies, development partners and the world at large the possible dangers posed on the lake and its eco-system due to the Gibe III hydroelectric project, which has been deemed threatening to the biodiversity, livelihood, development, and national security in Northern Kenya by the Africa Resources Working Group (ARWG). To learn about the  Environmental and Social Impacts of the Proposed Gibe III Hydroelectric Project in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo River Basin, Click Here.

Participatory Intergrated Conservation and Management of the Lake Turkana Basin

Funded by German and French Embassy – To establish cooperation among the local community, government agencies and non-governmental organizations, and the network of other communities in the Lake Turkana basin in pursuing biodiversity conservation and sustainable natural resource use and management. It would also raise the awareness of the local community about the importance of natural resource and environment conservation.

Resource governance

Governance is the key stone on sound natural resource management. its core principles- accountability; transparency, participation and rule of law should be at the heart at local, national, bi-lateral and multi-lateral levels to ensure decisions that affect natural resources and resource users are well informed and implemented equitably.

Oil Governance

With the recent discovery of oil in Turkana County, FoLT remains vigilant as part of our Resource Governance focus. International experience points to challenges which are often faced by resource-rich developing countries in translating mineral wealth into peace and prosperity. Friends of Lake Turkana has taken the mentle of educating the citizens of the oil exploration areas in order for them to take action and dispell the ‘resource curse’ of violent conflicts, environmental destruction, corruption, untold human hardship, displacements and a devastated future for entire communities. FoLT will also advocate for equitable distribution of oil wealth between the central government and Turkana County.

Read our perspective on oil in Kenya here…

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