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CONSERVATION INACTION
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MidEwasoWRUA takesanother step forward
T
he conservation and management
ofwater isapartofdevolution,and
this critical resource is supervised
by both national and regional authorities.
However, surface water management has
not yet devolved to County structures,
and so Water Resource User Associations
(WRUAs) are the basic tool for sub-
catchmentmanagement ofwater use.
TheMid EwasoWRUA is an important
group linking the upper Ewaso Nyiro
watershed with the lower Ewaso Nyiro
river area.Water off-take in the system has
been fraught with problems, particularly
during thedry spellswhenmuchof the sub-
catchments river waters and their sources
have disappeared.
Based on a directive by the Water
ResourcesManagementAuthority(WRMA)
given in 2012, theMid EwasoWRUAwas
split into five manageable areas that must
be addressed in the area’s Sub-Catchment
Management Plan (SCMP). The SCMP is
the major tool for Government and local
water resourceusers tomanageandmonitor
water use and conservation. Based on the
WRMA directive, the Mid Ewaso WRUA
was required to update their SCMPand this
led to the formation of a key partnership
between the African Wildlife Foundation
(AWF) andLWF to achieve this revision.
In early December, 20 Mid Ewaso
WRUA members, chairmen of select
Group Ranches within the sub-catchment,
area chiefs and private ranches met at Ol
Gaboli Lodge to address the requirements
of Government. Participants were led by
theWRMA Isiolo sub-region in discussing
how current challenges, new interventions,
budgets and timelines can be prioritised.
This process will result in a revised
and improved SCMP that will guide the
WRUA and its stakeholders to address
water resource management issues within
the sub catchment. Implementation of the
plan will require financial support from
the Water Services Trust Fund (WSTF),
Laikipia County Government, donors and
other stakeholders supporting community
based water resource management within
the upper EwasoNyiro catchment.
The phases required to finalise the
review of theSCMP include:
WRUAcapacity building on newWDC
chapters namely: floodmanagement,
climate change and alternative
livelihoods,
Stakeholdersmeeting for revision and
updating of the original plan
Validation of the draft SCMP, and;
Approval and adoption.
LWF and AWF will continue to work
together to supportfinalisationof theSCMP
for theMidEwasoWRUA.
The SCMP is a plan that is developed
by the WRUA in collaboration with
WRMA and other stakeholders. The SCMP
reflects a set of activities designed to meet
identified objectives (targets) to address
WRM problems within the sub-catchment.
It is expected that the SCMP is a document
that is periodically reviewed to ensure that
the plan remains relevant to prevailing
WRM problems and to best management
approaches.
WesternUnit
Town/Centre Venue
Date
1. Nyahururu CaféGenesis
19
th
January
CaféGenesis
20
th
January
2. Sipili
OliviaCourt
2
nd
February
3. Rumuruti
RVilla
3
rd
February
4. Kinamba
MamaUpendoConferenceHall 16thFebruary
EwasoNyiroUnit
1. Ilpolei
19
th
January
2. Kimanjo
20
th
January
EasternUnit
1. Doldol
19
th
January
20
th
January
27
th
January
2. Lokusero
13
th
January
3. Ngarendare
14
th
January
4. Timau
26
th
January
CentralUnit
1. Nanyuki
ComfortHotel
12
th
January
2. Lamuria
13
th
January
3. Debatas
Rafiki ChildAidCentre
25
th
January
4. Mutara
Checkpoint ConsolataCatholic
Hall
26
th
January
5. Tigithi
LichuguAutismSHG
28
th
January
NorthernUnit
1. OlMoran
20
th
January
21
st
January
2. Sosian
1
st
February
3. MaunduMeri
2
nd
February
4. Lounyek
17thFebruary
Research/ Environmental NGOs
MpalaResearchCentre
12
th
-13
th
February
LaikipiaCountyGovernment, NeighboringCounties andNationalNRM
Bodies
Nanyuki
TBD
LargeLandOwners
NorthernUnit
23
rd
February
NorthernUnit
16
th
February
LWFstrategicplanningcalendar2016
L
WF’s strategic planning process
is set to take place from January
2016 and run until the end of
February 2016. Running concurrently to
this are forums for other stakeholders to
participate and will include: the Laikipia
County
Government;
representatives
from surrounding County Governments;
National Resource Management (NRM)
bodies; members of Laikipia’s business
community; research and environmental
NGOs and the large land owners. LWF
members belonging to CBOs as well
opinion leaders and community members
have also been invited.
January2016 IssueNo. 4
LWFStrategic teamplanning for thenext 3months
MidEwasoparticipants checking options on a computer screen.
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