Oil exploitation and extraction is a fast-growing industry, with adverse results for indigenous communities living in or around project affected areas. These projects often impact an array of human rights, the environment, and social and economic development, with long-term and sometimes irreversible effects on people living in and around project-affected areas.
Let Us Talk is working with indigenous people in Turkana, Kenya to:
- Promote social, environmental and human rights of communities impacted by the extractive industry.
- Ensure that participation and engagement includes all stakeholders including government at all levels, industry, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and traditional authorities.
- Promote and support Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to ensure a level playing field between communities and the government or companies and, where it results in negotiated agreements, provides communities with lower impacts and higher benefit-sharing agreements.
- Provide information about extractive industry projects, law, rights, processes and impacts and to share and distribute that information amongst affected communities.
Currently Let Us Talk is asking for funding so that we can continue with the following projects.
- Establish a community resource hub where community members and other stakeholders can share information and also receive information on the oil and gas project and how it impacts them
- Manage our Environmental and social impact monitoring program
- Manage the Citizen/Community Journalism program