SWARA

THE SITUATION

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In September, Nature Kenya – the East Africa Natural History Society – met with environmen­tal officers and an engineer from the Kenya Electricit­y Transmissi­on Company Limited (KETRACO). Nature Kenya expressed its concern at the impact of the electricit­y lines on flamingos, pelicans, endangered vultures, and birds that migrate across the continents. It was noted that the Environmen­tal Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project had been done in 2009; a rapid ecological assessment had been done this year, and constructi­on had already started.

In conclusion, it was agreed that a joint team of experts from both Nature Kenya and KETRACO be constitute­d to undertake a rapid study including site visits. The results and the recommenda­tions of the study will inform subsequent decisionma­king.

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