Lake Naivasha Basin On a Watershed



Posted on 03 September 2013  | 
A hippo on the shores of a rejuvenated Lake Naivasha.
© Johnstone Mulary WWF/KCOEnlarge
 The management of water in the Lake Naivasha Basin is set to change dramatically, thanks to the Integrated Water Resources Action Programme. Following the devastating drought of 2009, WWF and partners intensified their efforts at enhancing water management in the basin. At about the same time a shared water risk study was conducted. The study articulated the risks of poor water management for all and the shared interest for sustainable development. The efforts resulted in the formulation of a water resource action plan.

In order to support local actors in the implementation of the plan, WWF Kenya came up with the Integrated Water Resource Action Programme (IWRAP).

The focus of the programme, launched in January this year, is to create essential enabling conditions for effective water regulation and governance, sustainable land and natural resource use and sustainable development in the basin.

The programme is funded by the Netherlands Embassy-Nairobi and is led and coordinated by WWF Kenya. Other partners include, Imarisha Lake Naivasha Board, Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA), the Dutch University of Twente, Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Dutch Water Regional Authorities: Waterschap Noordzijlvest (NZV) and Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden (HDSR) and the Kenya Flower Coucil (KFC).

It is a unique and ambitious programme puplic private Partnership People Programme (PPPP) . It is being implemented by all relevant key partners in the basin. The PPPP is a very good example on how government, the private sector and the local communities can come together to enhance the management of water- a key component in achieving economic, ecological and social well-being.

It is envisaged that in the near future other landscapes will borrow a leaf from players in the Lake Naivash Basin and improve water management in their landscapes, too.
A hippo on the shores of a rejuvenated Lake Naivasha.
© Johnstone Mulary WWF/KCO Enlarge

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