Kaum zu glauben, dass ich innerhalb eines Jahres von Zweibrücken ans Nordkap und nach Gibraltar geradelt bin. Auf der angeblich genauesten Landkarte der Welt, für deren Gestaltung kürzlich ein Japaner einen Designpreis erhalten hat, wird das Ausmaß der Langstreckenradreise deutlich. In der Landkarte ist Europa oben links abgebildet. Man sagt, die Ländergrößen seien in der … „Last Exit San José del Valle. Nein, jeden Tag ein Lebenswerk.“ weiterlesen
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The Naivasha lake in Kenya was a kind of paradise for birds, fish, hippos, the cows of the Maasai people. The lake has an area of 15,600 ha at an altitude of 1884m asl. It is a fresh water lake with a catchment of 2,378 km2. The lake is on a tentative list for becoming UNESCO heritage since 1999. A Tentative List is an inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination. The quote is from the actual description of the UNESCO website.
The lake environment is fragile but dynamic and supports tourism and geothermal power generation from deep-rooted stream jets among other economic activities. Lake Naivasha’s biodiversity is critically threatened by human induced factors, including: habitat destruction, pollution (from pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers), sewage effluent, livestock feeding lots, acaricide, and water abstraction. … Current research findings show that the lake cannot sustain further development activities on the scale seen over the last fifteen years. (UNESCO Lake Naivasha)
In the late 1970s–1980s Lake Naivasha was overrun with poachers and foreign creatures introduced into the lake to provide a possibility to start a fishing industry. The migratory paths along lake Naivasha were being destroyed by the local rose industry.
Next to Naivasha is the
Hell’s Gate National Park.
There is a wide variety of wildlife in the national park … lions, leopards, and cheetahs. However, the park has historically been an important home for the rare lammergeyer vultures. There are over 103 species of birds in the park, including vultures, Verreaux’s eagles, augur buzzard, and swifts. Hyraxes, African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, hyena, and baboons are also common. The park is also home to serval and small numbers of klipspringer antelope and Chanler’s mountain reedbuck (Wikipedia).
The team that produced the well known movie The Lion King traveled to Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya to research on the film’s setting and animals. The main setting of the film is heavily modeled after the park.
The landscape is truly impressive!
Inside the park are plenty of hot springs.
The geothermal potential of the Kenya Rift Valley (which contains the Hell’s Gate Park) was recognized in the mid-1950s. In 1956, two wells were drilled at Olkaria about 10 km west of Longonot. With promising results the United Nations Development Program and the Kenya Power carried out an extensive exploration program in the Rift Valley in 1970. The Hell’s Gate National Park was established in 1984 through executive orders by annexation of land where the American Power Company Orpower was given concessions by the government to drill wells and generate power. Orpower developed the technology by building a steam pipeline from a natural well to the power station. If the well is empty the tubes stay on the ground and they connect the next well. In between the tubes with the hot steam one can see Giraffes, Zebras and Baboons (monkeys). In the center of this photo you can see a Giraffe, the tube is leaking and the steam is hot.
An old well looks like this
The initial design of Olkaria I power plant and steam field had proposed a life of 25 years (Link to PDF).
The Kenyan Government describes the technology as a sustainable future and wants to develop every available place in Rift Valley (Kenya to tap into Rift Valley geothermal resources and strengthen private sector investment in renewable energy)
The Hell’s Gate Park is only 68 square kilometres, 32 of it are already used by the tubes and power plants.
DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH together with KfW Entwicklungsbank (KfW Development Bank), provides Orpower 4 Inc. (Orpower), the owner and operator of the Olkaria III geothermal power plant in Kenya, with a long-term loan to the amount of 40 million US-dollars (DEG finanziert erstes privates Erdwärme-Kraftwerk in Kenia).
In 2012: Format Technologies Signs Long-Term Debt Financing for up to $310 Million for The Olkaria III Geothermal Power Complex in Kenya.
This cheap energy is used by flower farms and the Kenyan Government provide them free water too! This a quote from the Dutch Roses Company Van den Berg.
… the increasing labour and energy costs in the Netherlands put pressure on returns, there were more opportunities in Kenya. (Van den Berg History)
Because of a crisis in 2011 the workers were paid badly or nothing: Pain, misery as Karuturi flower workers unpaid for months.
In September 2016 Karuturi ex-workers clash with police.
The population of Naivasha City ist 15,000. Different sources speak of around 50,000-80,000 workers in the flower farms, and 300,000 people living now in the area. The prospection for 2019 is 1,000,000 people. The lake is considered as dead around 2030.
My private conclusion
For me it looks like the reason for creating the Hell’s Gate National Park was to protect the concession and development of Olkaria Geothermal Power Plants. It’s easy to sell the project as green, renewable and sustainable. After the introduction of foreign creatures into the lake to create a fishing industry, the Flower farms were like the next logical step and the conditions are still perfect. Free water, cheap energy, cheap labour, and no one complains about chemicals in the lake and poor working conditions.
- Most partners in this setting earns a lot of money,
- It’s possible to certify the flower farms as fair trade
- Valentine roses are getting cheaper
- There is a big demand to invest in “sustainable energy”
… only local people, Maasai people, the hippos and the other animals will loose everything. The ecosystem of Naivasha lake will be destroyed and will never become a UNESCO habitat!
- The environmental impact of our hunger for Valentine’s roses
- Campaign Update: Kenya- Maasai Protest Against New Land Concessions for Geothermal Extraction in Kenya
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Nairobi is normally sunny in November, but since the rising temperatures, lately its become cold and rainy during this month. This week, with my wedding coming up, its has been really busy for me trying to get everything in order for the big day. Hagen, Christine and Joerg are visiting and attending the wedding.
While here, they have had a chance to visit the giraffe centre, Kazuri beads, Kitengela glass, Hells Gate, Tigoni Tea Firms, Brackenhurst, Helipad at Kenyatta conference centre and Maasai Market. Bramwel and I have had a great chance of being with them touring around and having meaningful conversation and fun. We have had intelligent discussions trying to understand how different governments are working.
We have shared meals in different places, the habesha – the ethiopian restaurant in Kilimani, Amaika-the traditional restaurant with Luhya foods, Kilimanjaro – The somali owned restaurant known for serving costral food like Pilau and Biryani, on their first day here having dinner at the Java Restaurant at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and also had to visit other Java Restaurant to just taste their drinks and snacks.
On one morning we went for a walk at the Nairobi arboretum, it was a rainy cold morning but we managed to for a moment to forget about the weather and focus on just nature. On one evening it was dry and sunny. It was just sad to see how people have managed to grab the wetland around the Nairobi river and how the river has been polluted. The park is also not clean and we have signs of big trucks driving into the park, one would wonder what they are looking for.
It was great that we had a car to move around, we avoided the rain but were stuck in traffic many hours. Sad to say that traffic in Nairobi is a common thing and its really difficult to give an estimate in your time of arrival-something that is really different from when you are in switzerland or any other city in Europe. On some days it was sunny and it was nice, on others rain and traffic and we had to overcome.
My friend Bramwell had to drive back to Kisumu to pick his family. He was arrested first for over speeding and had to pay Ksh. 20,000 in fine, and after that was done he got a small accident just 30KM from Kisumu. He hit a cyclist, and had his wind shield smashed and bumper damaged, then he had to take him to hospital to make sure everything is fine with him and he is able to go home. The incident happened at night, and after that he managed to get to his family before midnight.
What makes this week special is that while I was preparing for the wedding, I had time to just enjoy the company of my friends. This was really special. And on the day of my rehearsal, we were all in Limuru preparing for the big day. Joerg was taking picture while Christine and Hagen were getting me through this marriage workshop, on how to be a better husband. I would say everything has gone well because I have survived the first day.
Hagen and Christine has since travelled to Malindi, they flew from Wilson Airport and I hope they are well in Malindi. Bramwell just passed at the house with family and it was good that Jeorg had an opportunity to meet them. We have dinner today at the restaurant just up the road and tomorrow, sightseeing and saying goodbye to Jeorg at 6pm. Hagen has the board game (Bao) and Joerg has the bracelet from Elephant hair. Everybody is happy and the week has ended. Its all sunny in Nairobi again, after a week of playing ‘hide and seek’ with the rain.
Seit ich künstlerisch mit dem Smartphone arbeite, denke ich über die kreativen Einsatzmöglichkeiten dieses Werkzeugs nach. Es ist wie Palette und Pinsel, Hammer und Meißel, oder irgendein anderes technisches Werkzeug. Die kreativen Einsatzmöglichkeiten erschließen sich erst, wenn man anfängt, es spielerisch zu nutzen. Ich glaube, hier unterscheidet sich Handwerk und Kunst. Neben der Kombination verschiedener … „Unikate Multiples – #Uniquiple #Appspressionismus“ weiterlesen
Liebe Blogleser von 1aolivenoel,
heute ist der erste Advent. Schon in Weihnachtsstimmung? An diesem Wochenende bin ich Teil eines schönen seit mehreren Jahren etablierten Weihnachtsmarkt. Er findet nicht wie üblich im Freien statt, sondern über mehrere Stockwerke verteilt auf den Gängen einer schön hergerichteten Kaserne. Tolle Austeller mit selbst gemachtem Weihnachtsschmuck, Kunst aus Besteck, süsse Sachen, selbst gemachte Mützen. Für alle Interessierten hier ein Link zur Webseite des Marktes http://www.Weihnachtszauber-Kehl.de
Ich wünsche uns allen trotz Hektik eine besinnliche Vorweihnachtszeit.