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LAPSSET: Good for Lamu? Good for the Horn?

On Thursday 5 June the Rift Valley Institute sponsored a public event in partnership with the National Museums of Kenya in Lamu Fort: ‘LAPSSET: Good for Lamu? Good for the Horn?’ Four speakers discussed the potential impact of the proposed LAPSSET (Lamu Port–South Sudan–Ethiopia Transport) Corridor on the Horn of Africa in general and Lamu in particular. The speakers recognised the potential economic benefits of the project both for the region and the town itself, but expressed indignation over the neglect of environmental and social impact assessments and lack of local consultation. In attendance were members of the international community, researchers, representatives of religious and civil society organisations, and Lamu residents. The panel comprised Jason Mosley (Oxford Analytics), Mwalim Badi (Lamu Conservation Trust), Mr Baraketch (National Environmental Management Authority) and Mohamed Mwanji (National Museums of Kenya, Lamu Museum). The meeting was chaired by the RVI Horn of Africa and East Africa Regional Director, Mark Bradbury.

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