MKEWP Updates

Fauna & Flora InternationalOl Pejeta Conservancy(OPC), Mount Kenya – Ewaso Water Partnership – MKEWP and the Laikipia Wildlife Forum (Secretariat to MKEWP) in Septemeber 2017 officially met with representatives from local communities set to benefit from the Cattle, Water & Wildlife: Enhancing Socio-Ecological Resilience in Laikipia Project.

We have a Strategic Plan!

We are happy to announce that the MKEWP Strategic Plan for the next five years has been approved and adopted by our Council. This took place during our Annual General Meeting on 8th of December 2017. The Strategic Plan will continue to guide our activities and funding for the next 5 years. Rural Focus was a consultant to this effort. The key objectives of the strategic plan are as follows:

  1. Strengthen Institutional Capacity, Participation and Coordination for Integrated Water Resource Management;
  2. Improve Water Demand Management and Governance;
  3. Improve Water Security and Sustainability. This includes, Dam Site identification and Ground Water mapping;
  4. Enhance Knowledge Management and Communication;
  5. Enhance the MKEWP Capacity for Integrated Water Resource Management.

MKEWP’s Financial Sustainability Plan

By the 5th of February we will also have our Financial Sustainability Plan finalised. With the Council’s blessing, this plan helps us structure our funding and operational activities with a view towards a more sustainable financial future for the Partnership. Using a combination of membership, water use charges, donors, and fundraising events we are aiming to maintain a more sustainable financial future. WRUAs play a key role in the financial sustainability of water management activities in the Upper Ewaso Ng’iro Basin.

Enhancing Socio-Ecological Resilience in Laikipia

We continue to work with Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC) and the Laikipia Wildlife Forum (Secretariat to MKEWP) on the Cattle, Water & Wildlife: Enhancing Socio-Ecological Resilience in Laikipia. This important Project will see approximately 8,000ha of dispersal area (including ADC Mutara) secured for rhino, elephant and predators; grazing and water resources managed for local communities and pastoral livelihoods, and resource conflict reduced across the wider OPC landscape.

This project takes an inclusive approach to strengthening rangeland and water resource management and contributes to reducing natural resource conflict, safeguarding pastoralist cattle-based livelihoods, supporting innovative livelihood diversification by smallholders, and extending dispersal areas for endangered wildlife in Laikipia. The project has these objectives;

  1. Establish a healthy rangeland to support grazing needs of community livestock and wildlife;
  2. Improve water availability for domestic use, livestock and wildlife;
  3. Enable community cattle to market system, support pastoralists’’ lifestyles and reduce stocking densities;
  4. Support community based fodder production system and diversification of small scale famer livelihoods;
  5. Ensure vulnerable and endangered species are under effective protection.

So far, we have been able to meet with representatives from Pesi, Suguroi and Mutara WRUAs. These three river systems form a cluster that focuses on the support of MKEWP. Our first activity has been to develop a baseline for the project’s activities. One of the key findings during the baseline study was that WRUAs still need significant support to ensure they deliver the services appointed to them under the new Community Water Act.

Stronger Partnerships

As our partnerships continue to grow, we will continue to work with the International Finance Corporation and the Water Resources Groups 2030 of the World Bank. Our partners for the next three years also include SNV, Wetlands International/Simavi and Fauna and Flora International/OPC to realise important parts of our strategy.

For these and other updates, ensure that you follow us on Facebook, Twitter: @MKEWP, or contact MKEWP’s Coordinator – Stanley Kirmi: stanley.kirimi@laikipia.org, to find out how you can join or support MKEWP’s powerful platform.

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