Kenya’s World Heritage Town Worries Development Will Dilute Culture; Ruud Elmendorp; VoA

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Kenya’s remote island of Lamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is under threat, say activists.  Authorities are constructing major projects on the mainland, including a port, an oil pipeline, and transport links. They also hope to build the region’s first coal-fired power plant.  While the infrastructure is likely to boost the local economy, some Lamu residents worry the development and a flood of outsiders will affect the local culture and architecture, which some say is already falling apart.  Ruud Elmendorp reports from Lamu.

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‘Difficult to ignore’: how coalitions in Kenya are lifting up each other’s voices; Climate Home News

By working together, small communities are scaling up climate solutions and protecting their lands…

Source: ‘Difficult to ignore’: how coalitions in Kenya are lifting up each other’s voices

Kenya’s World Heritage Town Worries Development Will Dilute Culture; Ruud Elmendorp; VoA

Kenya’s island of Lamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is under threat, activists say.  Authorities are constructing major projects on the mainland, including a port and an oil pipeline. They also hope to build the region’s first coal-fired power plant.

Source: Kenya’s World Heritage Town Worries Development Will Dilute Culture

TRAVEL & LEISURE: The changing face of Lamu; Wendy Watta; The Nation

Lamu is a pearl to be polished and looked after.

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Boda bodas protest plan to eject them from Lamu Old Town; Cheti Praxides; The Star

Activists collecting signatures to rid historic town of motorcycles.

Source: Boda bodas protest plan to eject them from Lamu Old Town

Lamu activists collect signatures to get rid of boda boda operators; Cheti Praxides; The Star

Lamu, a Unesco heritage site, is under threat from westernization.

Source: Lamu activists collect signatures to get rid of boda boda operators

This is our home: Kenya islanders demand say in foreign-backed projects; The Peninsula

Armed with maps, activists on the tourist island of Lamu have managed to stall plans for Kenya’s first coal-powered plant as local communities become more vocal about rising numbers of foreign-backed projects on their doorsteps.

Source: This is our home: Kenya islanders demand say in foreign-backed projects

China meets resistance over Kenya coal plant, in test of its African ambitions; Jevans Nyabiage; SCMP

Beijing’s efforts to cut emissions domestically coincide with coal-financing ventures overseas that include a power plant in a Kenyan town whose Unesco World Heritage status is at stake.

Source: China meets resistance over Kenya coal plant, in test of its African ambitions

Coal plant a threat to Unesco’s World Heritage site; Fred Oluoch; The East African

Groups say the coal plant and Lapsset are a threat to the delicate Lamu marine environment.

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Why Unesco World Heritage committee is furious with Kenya; Gilbert Koech; The Star

Lamu Old Town under potential danger due to the advancement of Lapsset.

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Court stops construction of Kenya’s coal power plant. Here’s why; David Obura; The Conversation

The court case highlighted that key environmental challenges were not adequately covered by the Environmental Impact Assessment…

Source: Court stops construction of Kenya’s coal power plant. Here’s why

U.S. Ambassador Pushes Coal Plant On African World Heritage Site, Kenya Fights Back; James Ellsmore; Forbes

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A tribunal in Kenya has stopped plans for East Africa’s first coal-powered plant. The proposed project would have been built adjacent to the Lamu Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in the region, retaining its traditional functions.

Source: U.S. Ambassador Pushes Coal Plant On African World Heritage Site, Kenya Fights Back

Kenya halts Lamu coal power project at World Heritage Site; Nehanda Radio

Kenyan judges have halted plans to construct the country’s first ever coal-powered plant near the coastal town of Lamu, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Source: Kenya halts Lamu coal power project at World Heritage Site – Nehanda Radio

Planned coal plant blackens the mood in Kenya’s idyllic Lamu; Fran Blandy; AFP

In the Lamu archipelago, fishermen ply the channels between lush mangrove forests while life in an ancient Swahili town idles at the pace of the donkeys and boats which are the main means of transport. Life has changed little over the centuries in this part of Kenya’s north coast, however residents…

Source: Planned coal plant blackens the mood in Kenya’s idyllic Lamu

Kenyans protest bid to build East Africa’s first coal plant; AFP

Source: Kenyans protest bid to build East Africa’s first coal plant

Row over Kenya World Heritage site coal plant; Alastair Leithead; BBC

Campaigners want to stop the construction of a power station that would raise greenhouse gas emissions by 700%.

Source: Row over Kenya World Heritage site coal plant

Lamu’s historical sites ‘decaying fast’; Kalume Kazungu; Daily Nation

Curator speaks of “extensive decay and imminent collapse” of the buildings.

Source: Lamu’s historical sites ‘decaying fast’

Pollution puts Lamu Old Town’s world heritage status at risk; Thelma Mwadzaya; Deutsche Welle

Lamu is arguably the most unique and beautiful Swahili town in Kenya. But pollution is fast eroding the efforts to preserve the cultural richness of it’s historical town.

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Boda boda operators banned in Lamu after Unesco delisting threat; Cheti Praxides; The Star

Boda boda operators who shall be found operating inside the Lamu Old town will now be arrested and charged. The move is aimed at protecting the Old town as a heritage site. Lamu old town was listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site in 2001. There has however been concerns over the rising trends of westernization in terms of architecture, dressing and trading that have attracted the concern of conservationists who feel the situation may result in the old town being delisted as a heritage site.

Source: Boda boda operators banned in Lamu after Unesco delisting threat

Unesco status does not put food on the table, say residents; Cheti Praxides; The Star

Lamu Old Town risks losing its Unesco world heritage status in part due to the heavy presence of motorcycles and a booming boda boda business. Amid all the conservation talk, this small but steadily growing community of boda boda operators seems unbothered, as long as they put food on the table. Residents say the boda boda business has reduced mugging as well as the number of drug abusers, as many youths join the trade to earn a decent living.

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