PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY

Overview

LTWP’s public consultation and engagement strategy has been designed to ensure effective engagement with local communities and other key stakeholders throughout the life-cycle of the wind farm’s development. The strategy is laid out in the project-specific Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP), which itself builds on previous stakeholder engagement work undertaken during the Project’s conceptualization, feasibility studies, planning and impact assessment processes. Since then, LTWP has maintained dialogue with the relevant regulators and locally affected communities and their representatives, as well as with non-government organizations (NGO’s), community-based organizations (CBO’s) and other interest groups. LTWP is committed to continuous engagement throughout the Project’s construction and subsequent operations phases.

LTWP has an established and dedicated community liaison team, consisting of five local community liaison officers (CLO’s) from the local area, i.e. all five are members of the Samburu, Turkana and Rendille tribes. These CLO’s facilitate continuous engagement with local communities and are conversant in the local dialects (Kiswahili, Turkana, Samburu and Rendille) as well as being very knowledgeable on the interrelationships and conflicts between the tribes.

Previous Stakeholder Engagement and Community Liaison Activities

Stakeholder engagement at all levels has taken place throughout the nine year development of the LTWP Project, namely the wind farm and road rehabilitation sub-project. Formal public consultation took place during the ESIA of the wind farm, during the road rehabilitation ESIA study and has continued thereafter as the Project evolved.

Engagement Methodologies

Stakeholder engagement and community liaison activities are determined by LTWP’s various commitments and Project scheduling, hence a variety of disclosure and engagement methods are used. Examples include:

  • Visual representations (photographs, diagrams or models) for use in public meetings and face-to-face sessions with local residents, especially where a high level of illiteracy or a lack of understanding of the predominant language / dialect is anticipated;
  • Brochures, leaflets, posters, non-technical summary documents and performance reports are prepared and made available as/when required for specific stakeholder engagement activities and upon reasonable request from interested parties or others. Publicly available documents such as the ESIA’s are already accessible on LTWP;s website;
  • Hazard warning signage is used to inform stakeholders of specific risks, e.g. for road works, dangerous road junctions or dangers of electrocution, etc.;
  • Visual, informative displays across the site to explain the Project to provide an outline of essential information such as access restrictions and security requirements; and,
  • Press – newspapers, posters, radio and/or television will be used as necessary for reaching the widest possible audience at national/international levels.

Similarly a variety of engagement methods are used to consult with different stakeholder groups. The specific methods vary according to target audience and topic. These include:

  • Interviews with legitimate stakeholder representatives and/or designated key informants;
  • Surveys, polls, and questionnaires of affected parties (including by mobile telephone);
  • Public meetings , workshops, and/or focus groups with specific groups such as vulnerable people (NB: specialist NGO’s or other service providers may be hired by LTWP to undertake specific campaigns or contribute to events); and,
  • Participatory methods.

As appropriate, stakeholders are advised on how their personal contact information and feedback will be used and how LTWP will respect their privacy and the confidential nature of any issues. For each planned engagement campaign or individual activity, the CLO’s, in collaboration with LTWP and/or the Worley Parsons Project Manager (if applicable), shall determine the precise approach and tools to be used, taking into account the following factors:

  • What information is to be disclosed, in what format, and how it will be communicated; and
  • How the views of vulnerable sub-groups will be taken into account.

A formal review of the stakeholder engagement process is undertaken annually or whenever a significant change is needed in order to fulfill LTWP’s commitment to continual improvement.

Grievance Mechanism

LTWP’s grievance management process is described here

 How to contact LTWP

For further information, please contact LTWP via e-mail, post or telephone.

Email: complaints@ltwp.co.keTelephone: +254 (0)20 221 3493
Postal address:  Lake Turkana Wind Power Ltd; P.O Box 2114-00502; Karen.

CONTACTS

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ENHANCING EMPLOYABILITY

 

This pillar focuses on access to education and development of skills for the labor market. In 2015, WoC provided books and pens to 18 primary schools. WOC also distributed 500 desks to 23 primary in South Horr, Arge, Mercy, Namarei, El Molo bay and other parts of Laisamis constituency.

 

WoC has identified the extension of Sarima School, the construction of facilities at Nyiro boys and Nyiro Girls School as key focus areas for the education pillar in 2016. WoC will also continue to support the provision of teaching materials to local primary schools.

 

WoC is in discussions with the Marsabit South Technical Institute to determine the nature and type of investments it can make to support development of vocational skills in Laisamis. This is expected to boost tertiary education as well as enhance future employability in the area. This project will be launched during the operational phase of the wind farm.

 

WoC is also planning to set up a scholarship fund for secondary and vocational education in the area.

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ENHANCING ACCESS TO HEALTH

 

The expansive but sparsely populated project area, coupled with years of under-investment in the sector has resulted in limited access to health services by the local communities. WoC support to health focusses on enhancing access to health services by upgrading physical infrastructure and during operation of the windfarm, partnering with stakeholders to support targeted outreach programs.

 

WoC has supported the improvement of health facilities at Burri-Aramia dispensary (solar lighting, vaccine freezer, shelving for medical supplies and furniture including examination ward and delivery beds and patient toilets among other items.)

 

WoC has also contracted a local organization – Community Empowerment Development Initiative Marsabit (CEDIM) to undertake HIV/AIDS sensitization campaigns. CEDIM has trained 17 Community Health Workers (CHWs) and attached them to existing government run health facilities to sensitize and educate the local population on matters around HIV/AIDS. In2015, WoC carried out a three-month HIV/AIDS awareness and testing campaign in around the wind farm site.

 

In future, WoC plans to support Marsabit County in the upgrading of facilities at Laisamis health centre and other health centres in the area.

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PROVIDING WATER

 

Due to the arid nature of Marsabit, water is a scarce commodity. LTWP has spearheaded the rehabilitation of several water boreholes and water supply points. The water points that have been rehabilitated include; Arge, Laga el fereji, Namarei, Kutider-Korr, Gatab III and El Molo.

 

WoC has installed a solar driven reverse osmosis system in Sarima village. In addition, WoC has built watering troughs in different parts of the constituency, to ease provision of water to livestock. There were no reported livestock deaths due to droughts in 2015 following construction of watering troughs in the dry season grazing area around Gatab.

 

WoC has also installed solar driven pumps to rehabilitated boreholes that had pump problems. On completion of the LTWP’s construction phase, 11 boreholes will be handed over to the community.

 

In 2016 WoC plans to build a 100,000 litre storage tank at Gatab III to ensure that there is adequate supply of water to the community and their livestock during periods of drought. WoC will also lay a 7-km water pipeline in Arge, to bring potable water to two villages of over 3,000 people in Arge.

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OTHER COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

 

WoC has rolled out a road safety campaign along the recently upgraded C77 public road between Laisamis and Sarima. CEDIM is the local partner implementing this activity, and they have already recruited and trained 12 people from centers and villages along the Laisamis-Sarima road to act as road safety educators.

 

In support of peaceful and secure communities, WoC has built accommodation for the Administration Police and extended the existing Police office in Loiyangalani.

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