Feedback obtained from listeners who engaged in the three-part series radio talk shows focusing on water resources management revealed that similar shows are needed more often to create more opportunities to create awareness on water matters in our landscape.
The positive engagements and feedback from Basin stakeholders definitely made the shows a success.
Through the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations under the Restoration and Water Management Improvement in Lekurruki, Il Ngwesi, Kurikuri and Makurian group ranches in the greater Mukogodo landscape, the Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership organized three episodes on Central FM radio station, based in Nanyuki, Laikipia County.
The shows addressed the establishment of a new WRUA structure for Ngare Ndare, helping them to comply with legal requirements to access to the Water Sector Trust Fund (WSTF) and other funding.
The first show focused on the challenges faced in Water Resources Management (WRM) and the potential opportunities. Listeners were able to get a clear understanding of what Water Resources Management is and also were made aware of the challenges facing WRM, as well as what are some of the opportunities that can be exploited to ensure that catchment management is enhanced within the Ewaso Basin
The second show emphasized the role of Water Resources Users Associations in WRM. Listeners were able to understand the functions of a WRUA, its role in WRM, its relationship with the Water Resources Authority, and how they complement each other.
The final show focused on the need for partnerships and collaborative approaches to realize sustainable Water Resources Management.
The three shows received positive engagements from listeners. They had comments as well as question. WRM experts on the radio panel help to ensure issues and questions were addressed with credible data.
Central FM station ranges from Laikipia, Meru, Isiolo, Nyandarua, and Nyeri Counties and as a result A good amount of feedback was received through phone calls, text messages and social media from listeners during these particular shows.
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