The 1000 km long Tana River is the largest in Kenya and is well known for its extraordinary biodiversity. It forms the basis of existence for wild animals, nomads and their livestock as well as for agricultural projects. But the water itself has become the focal point of a conflict. Although the river’s dams generate two thirds of the country’s electricity, they create drought further downstream, and that, in turn, is killing plants and animals, and rendering land infertile. Scientists involved in a project called WISE-UP are looking at ways of combining differing interests and of encouraging energy companies, farmers and conservationists to communicate with each other.
A film by Ruth Krause