In 2006, construction began on Gibe 3, a large new dam in Ethiopia. The problem is it threatens the land and livelihoods of 500,000 tribal people in southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya. The dam would destroy harvests and grazing lands along the river, and fisheries in Lake Turkana – the world`s largest desert lake – by ending the natural flood cycle of the Omo River.
It would also devastate the unique culture and ecosystems of the Lower Omo Valley and Lake Turkana, both recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But Gibe 3 Dam is not yet built.
If built, Gibe 3 Dam would condemn half a million people to hunger and conflict. The dam violates Ethiopia`s constitution, international conventions, and the safeguard policies of international financial institutions.
In spite of these impacts and violations, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the Italian and Kenyan governments are considering supporting it. International Rivers, Reform the World Bank Campaign, Friends of Lake Turkana and the Counter Balance Coalition are calling on concerned citizens around the world to join together and stop Gibe 3.