Map hotspots

The East African - - OUTLOOK -

Na­ture Kenya, In­ter­na­tional, ow con­tam­i­natup with a data on­ing cases to of wildlife poiw.african­wildli jus­tify our arof pes­ti­cides rstand­ing of the ing in or­der to rded poi­son­ern Africa, with ica, where the re­port­ing rather than fewer cases.

A United Na­tions 2017 re­port of the Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on the Right to Food shows that pes­ti­cides, which have been ag­gres­sively pro­moted, are a global hu­man rights con­cern, and their use can have very detri­men­tal con­se­quences on the en­joy­ment of the right to food.

It says pes­ti­cides are re­spon­si­ble for an es­ti­mated 200,000 poi­son­ing deaths each year, 99 per cent of which oc­cur in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, where health, safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions are weaker and less strictly ap­plied.

“I hope we will gather in­for­ma­tion and use it ef­fec­tively to ap­proach govern­ments and say we have a real prob­lem,” Dr Ogada says.

What is it ex­pected to pro­duce in terms of en­ergy out­put and which coun­tries will ben­e­fit?

Gibe III’S pow­er­lines will feed into the Ethiopian na­tional grid and on­wards to the South­ern African elec­tric­ity grid through Kenya. It will con­trib­ute roughly half its power out­put of 1,870MW to Ethiopia it­self. The rest will be ex­ported to neighbouring coun­tries: 500MW to Kenya, 200MW to Dji­bouti and 200MW to Su­dan.

The project has been la­belled the world’s most con­tro­ver­sial dam. Why is this?

At the start, the pro­cure­ment of the con­trac­tor was de­ter­mined to be non-trans­par­ent by the World Bank, and in­ter­na­tional donors shunned the project. Con­struc­tion also started with­out a li­cence from

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kenya

© PressReader. All rights reserved.