The Ngusishi and Ngare Ndare Water Resource User Associations (WRUASs) have been able to review their management plan due to EKN funding through LWF. This was led by the Isiolo and Nanyuki Water Resource Management Authorities (WRMA). Members of the WRUAs participated and contributed to this process.
The new plan includes an addition of new chapters on climate change, flood management and livelihood enhancement. They provide local solutions to build community resilience towards climate change, preparing communities to better manage the impacts of flooding and enhancing the financial sustainability of WRUAs.
Other Highlights of the Month
- Water Stewardship Leadership Forum
LWF water specialist, James Mwangi, attended a Water Stewardship Leadership Forum. It included advanced training for practitioners on Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Program. This landmark event is designed to improve collaboration between businesses and the government to improve water security across East Africa. It equipped trainees (50 participants from 7 different countries) with a better understanding of water stewardship. The training was held in Arusha for 1 week under sponsorship of Water Resources Group 2030, the German/GIZ and International Water Witness.
- Status of Pesi River
An illegal weir was constructed last year across Pesi River. It continues to divert the river flow to Thome irrigational canal, denying the downstream users essential water. During its construction, there was no EIA done to look at its potential negative impacts, nor were there any studies done on design and allocation. As it stands, there is no WRMA authorization certificate issued for its construction, no permit allowing use of water in the canal, and no EIA license. LWF has called upon WRMA (who are the regulatory body for water) to look at the matter and act accordingly. County authorities responsible for the weir have also been contacted.