PUBLIC CONSULTATION & ENGAGEMENT
Ensuring effective engagement with local communities
“We are appreciating the effort of LTWP Project because our lives have been transformed in many different ways. We are looking forward to support the project and stand with it because the fruits we are getting are much juicy too. The state of peace is positive by now, people are integrating and living together. Our happiness is harmonious existence!”
Stephen Nakeno, Sarima Spokesperson
"From my point of view as an elder, Lake Turkana Wind Power has been good for the communities living in this area. Most importantly, it has brought us fresh water […] and security.”
Lochillia Nyangayo, Clan Elder Loiyangalani
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 15 local community liaison officers (CLO’s) from the local area, i.e. all of them 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 since 2005, i.e nine years before construction activities commenced in October 2014. 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.
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
- Open days on site, of which the most recent was held on 19th and 20th April 2017. The two days were attended by 129 elders, ladies and youth representatives from the local communities in Laisamis constituency, Marsabit County.
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.
LTWP’s grievance management process is described HERE
How to contact LTWP
For further information, please contact LTWP via e-mail, post or telephone.