Omo River Basin


The Vanishing Lake

The Vanishing Lake by Jessica Hatcher and Mark Hofer, 2014 (3:42).

NWNL Comment: Lake Turkana in Kenya is the world’s largest desert lake. 300,000 indigenous people and a unique and delicate ecosystem depend on the lake, which receives 90% of its water water from the Omo River. Ethiopia, which borders Kenya, is building the Gibe III Dam on the Omo for Africa’s largest hydro-electric power project. This could lead to ecological collapse of the lake, deprive the communities around Lake Turkana of their livlihood, and jeopardize the region’s fragile peace.