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Beats of Tsavo

Monday, 09 March 2015 17:16

Dancing for Tsavo
The Tsavo Ecosystem is slowly but surely dying unless something radical is undertaken collectively by a cross section of stakeholders.

Livelihoods of millions of people dependent on the Tsavo ecosystem are under threat with serious consequences such as worsening hunger and dehumanizing poverty.

Lake Jipe has been chosen by the organizers to be the site of a cultural festival, dubbed ‘Beats of Tsavo’, for a number of reasons. Firstly, Lake Jipe is a living example of the dying Tsavo Ecosystem. Some conservationists have claimed that the level of water in Lake Jipe has dropped by about six meters in the last ten years because of siltation and reducing volumes of water among other reasons. Local fisher-folk have also testified that fish production in Lake Jipe has steadily dropped over the years.

Secondly, Lake Jipe is a symbol of resilience and hope for a new, better and interdependent peoples of Kenya, the East Africa region and beyond. Lake Jipe uniquely lies between the vast Tsavo West National Park in Kenya and the towering range of Upare mountains in Tanzania. Lake Jipe is the destination of River Lumi that flows from the slopes of Kilimanjaro. The local people believe Lake Jipe also gets its water from Lake Chala through an underground River. The waters of Lake Jipe flow across the border into Tanzania. These waters form one of the biggest artificially constructed lakes in Tanzania known locally as Nyumba Ya Mungu (the House of God). Lake Jipe is shared by Kenya and Tanzania just as is the case with its sister Lake Chala, a crator Lake, upstream.

Thirdly, Lake Jipe is a cultural knot linking peoples of the region. For example, the Wataita in Kenya and the Wapare in Tanzania share folklore and myths portraying ancestral relations within the context of Bantu people’s migration history.

When the drumming and dancing tear the air around Lake Jipe during the Beats of Tsavo Festival the key message will be conservation:

  • Conserve the spirit of sustainably sharing natural resources that secure livelihoods for all of us,
  • Nurture our resilience and determination to conserve and protect the Tsavo Ecosystem for common good now and in posterity
  • Call for collective action and reaching out to women and men of good will to save a world heritage
  • Open a new chapter of innovative efforts to mitigate effects of climate change and promote positive practices of saving the Tsavo Ecosystem.

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

The Tsavo Climate Challenge is a tree growing program of the Tsavo Heritage foundation, a charity duly registered in Kenya.

Contact

Email : info@tsavoclimatechallenge.org,
IHTI , Nyeri Road, Kileleshwa
NAIROBI-KENYA

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