3rd Turkana County Cultural and Tourism Festival takes place

TOBONG’U LORE 2016 – WELCOME BACK HOME HOME

Turkana County is organizing a four day Turkana Cultural & Tourism Festival from 24th to 27th August 2016 in Lodwar with the theme “Celebrating Culture for sustainable peace and development.”

We will be Celebrating our rich cultural heritage which ranges from traditional dances, traditional regalia, songs, foods, lifestyle to the hospitality of the Turkana people. This is a great opportunity to sample Turkana County’s hidden treasures – the tourist attractions!

The Festival will bring together people, amongst them celebrities and dignitaries from all over the Country and even from the neighboring countries of South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.

The Festival will allow the participants to appreciate the cultural heritage and the geographical positioning of Turkana County and the opportunities it offers.

Turkana County government has earmarked promotion of Culture as a flagship project. This Festival will therefore create a platform to bring out the socio-economic importance of culture for the benefit of the Turkana people.There will be excursions to the virgin beaches of Lake Turkana and archeological pilgrimages to the Turkana boy monument, Turkana Basin Institute and to other tourist attractions.

For more information, please send an email to: tobongulore@gmail.com or call: +254 (0)710 487 617, +254 (0)725 307 431, +254 (0)0729 742 048

Posted on 08/23/2016 at 12:40 PM | Category: Allgemein | Tags:

Oil in Turkana paves way for Community Conservancies

A newsletter by the Northern Rangeland Trust announces great developments for the creation of Community Conservancies in the southern part of Turkana Land:


OIL IN TURKANA PAVES THE WAY FOR COMMUNITY CONSERVATION


Tullow Oil and Africa Oil have entered into a five-year grant agreement with the Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT) that will support communities in Turkana and West Pokot Counties to establish and operate six community conservancies. These conservancies will aim to transform lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources.

(Isiolo – Kenya) – The pastoralist communities of Turkana and Pokot live in one of the toughest environments in the region. In the semi-arid landscape of Kenya’s northwest, infrastructure is poorly developed, delivery of education and health services is challenging, and a lack of reliable water sources limits opportunities. However, major new economic projects, including the potential commercialisation of oil resources, the Northern Corridor Project and LAPPSET are on the horizon. Helping communities to understand and benefit from the impacts these will have, build the resilience they need to cope with change, and integrate traditional livelihoods with the mainstream Kenyan economy will be the key to ensuring prosperity. This is what the partnership between the Northern Rangelands Trust, Tullow Oil and Africa Oil aims to achieve, through the establishment of community conservancies.

The community conservancies Lokichar, Lochakula, Katilu and Kainuk in Turkana County, and Masol and Pellow in West Pokot County, are expected to help communities living in these areas, to better manage their natural resources, to tackle insecurity, to build upon their livestock-based livelihoods, to engage with and benefit from pending changes and through this process promote integrated development. The conservancies will do this through promoting sustainable land management and wildlife conservation, developing security and peace-making programmes and offering alternative livelihoods for pastoralists. The conservancies are also expected to create around 180 jobs, through the local recruitment of conservancy management staff and rangers.

“This agreement is part of Tullow’s commitment aimed at ensuring that the oil and gas sector brings real and long lasting benefits to host communities where we operate and that the impacts of oil development are adequately managed.”, said Martin Mbogo, the Tullow Kenya country manager.

As part of the grant agreement, NRT will train locally elected conservancy board members, conduct workshops on conservancy management, engage community members in peace building, and develop community enterprises. Currently NRT is helping communities across northern Kenya manage 27 conservancies, to run effective community institutions, to practice rangeland management in over 1.8 million hectares, to improve security and build peace, and to develop markets and conserve wildlife. NRT will bring these experiences to local communities living in Turkana and West Pokot.

“Livestock raiding may limit access to grazing lands and thereby increase vulnerability during critical periods. Similarly, competition for natural resources, especially grazing lands, is a key source of insecurity in Turkana and West Pokot. As such the establishment and operation of community conservancies to promote peace, manage the rangelands, explore alternative markets for livestock and promote diversification of livelihood activities will help improve lives!”, said Dr Mike Harrison, NRT’s CEO.

To find out more, and see FAQs relating to this story, visit www.nrt-kenya.org/nrfaqs


BACKGROUND INFO:

Northern Rangelands Trust
The Northern Rangelands Trust is an umbrella organisation that aims to establish resilient community conservancies that transform lives, secure peace, and conserve natural resources. There are now 27 NRT-member community conservancies across northern and coastal Kenya, home to over 300,000 people who are managing over 31,000 square kilometres of land and safeguarding a wide range of species and habitats. NRT is now widely seen as a model of how to support community conservancies, and its success has helped shape new government regulations on establishing, registering and managing community conservancies in Kenya. www.nrt-kenya.org

Tullow Oil
Tullow Oil is Africa’s leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company with over 120 licences spanning 22 countries including Kenya where it has been searching for oil since 2011. In total, Tullow’s license acreage in Kenya cover over 300, 000 square km divided which are divided into five oil blocks; 10BA, 10BB, 13T 12A, 12B and 13T spread across Western Kenya and along the country’s South rift. Tullow and its partner African Oil have discovered over 600 million barrels of oil with potentially much more still undiscovered. www.tullowoil.com

Posted on 10/28/2015 at 1:15 PM | Category: Allgemein | Tags:

Turkana Trade Fair and Investment Conference, 5-7th November 2015

Save the date of the Turkana Trade Fair and Investment Conference held in Lodwar, Turkana County from 5th-7th of November 2015!

It is with great pleasure that the Ministry of Tourism, Trade & Industrialization, Turkana County announces the coming of the “Turkana County Trade Fair and Investors Conference”, to be held from 5th – 7th November 2015 at Ekalees Center, Lodwar.

The forum will showcase Turkana’s promising investments opportunities and the potential for mutually benefiting partnerships in the energy, finance, infrastructure and housing sector, as well as in agriculture, fisheries, tourism and cross border trade. Furthermore, Kenyan and global stakeholders and investors will be enabled to attend rewarding discussions and meet respective decision makers from National Government, County Government and business organizations.

More details will be released soon. If you wish to receive update information, send an empty email with Re: Turkana Trade Fair and Investment Conference to info@turkanaconference.co.ke or visit the brand new Turkana Investment’s Conference website www.turkanaconference.co.ke.

Posted on 09/05/2015 at 1:52 PM | Category: Allgemein | Tags:

Preview of the brand new Tourist Map of Turkana Land!

Get a preview of the brand new Tourist Map of Turkana Land here! Get your hard copy at the Turkana Tourism and Cultural Festival, which is taking place from 27th-30th of August in Lodwar.

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 5:56 PM | Category: Allgemein | Tags:

New partner section appreciates sponsors

A newly installed ‘Partner’ webpage on www.visitturkanaland.com appreciates the continued support by various companies and organizations for the 2nd Turkana Tourism and Cultural Festival which kicks off on Thursday, the 27th of August, 2015 in Lodwar.

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 2:12 PM | Category: Allgemein | Tags:

2nd Turkana Festival on 28th-30th of August, 2015

The Turkana County Government is proud and happy to officially announce the date of this year’s edition of Turkana County Tourism and Cultural (TUCTAC) Festival.

The 2nd Turkana County Tourism and Cultural (TUCTAC) Festival 2015 will be held on 28th-30th of August 2015 at Ekalees Center in Lodwar, Turkana County’s capital.

The very first festival held in 2014 already impressed thousands of visitors from Turkana, neighboring countries and Nairobi with a rich cultural program and a professional organization. The patrons, Turkana County Government’s Department of Tourism Development and the Department of Culture and Social Services are already in high gear to ensure an even bigger success in 2015.

This year’s program

‘Celebrating the Turkana (Ateker) cultural diversity for peace and development’ is this year’s motto. The rich festival program is continuously expanded.

So far, it comprises of:

Cultural performances
Turkana Cultural Carnival
Cultural Performances by the Ateker Communities of Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia
Coronation Ceremony by the Turkana Council of Elders

Tourism and Trade Expo
Tourism and Trade Expo
Miss Tourism Turkana Gala Night
Turkana Traditional Foods and Herbs Jamboree

On stage and screen
50 Treasures of Kenya Multimedia Show with Hardy Fiebig
Turkana Talent Show – Entertainment by Young Local Artists
Expert and Motivational Speakers on Cultural Diversity, the Origin of Mankind, Ateker Communities etc.
Turkana County’s Tourism Products On-screen Display
Archeological and Pre-history film show

Excursions
Lake Turkana Beach Excursions
Wildlife- and Birdwatching at Turkana County’s Conservation Areas
Archeological Pilgrimage to the Turkana Boy Excavation Site at Nariokotome
Visit to Dr. Richard Leakey’s TBI Archeological International Field School at Nakechichok

… and so much more!!!

Festival news and travel arrangements are communicated through
www.visitturkanaland.com and our Facebook-page

Posted on 03/01/2015 at 2:02 PM | Category: Allgemein | Tags: