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Get To Know Your WRUAs: Ngare Ndare WRUA

Ngare Ndare WRUA is one of the larger sub-catchments in the Upper Ewaso Basin, only second to the Ewaso Narok. The WRUA covers just over 1000 square kilometres impacting Meru, Laikipia and Isiolo counties. 

The water in this sub-catchment is critical to commercial farmers, ranchers/conservancies, small holders and downstream pastoralists. The WRUA membership includes Uhuru Flowers, Timaflor, Ngare Ndare Forest Trust, Borana and Lewa conservancies, Il Ngwesi and Lekkuruki conservancies. 

Much of the water of Ngare Ndare disappears into the sand downstream. In these areas, community wells used to be dug, but they proved treacherous for humans, livestock and wildlife. Sand dams are the preferred technology now, and several sand dams have been built downstream. 

The Disney Conservation Project is working with the Laikipia Forum to sponsor construction of the latest sand dam in Lekkuruki Conservancy. The effort will supply water for wildlife, livestock and Tassia Lodge. This is another effort as well, to mitigate Human Elephant Conflict.

The WRUA forms part of the critical corridor for wildlife passage between Mt. Kenya and the greater Laikipia Landscape. There are plans for the Ngare Ndare Forest and Lewa/Borana Conservancies will be added to the UNESCO Man and Biosphere international program. 

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