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CONSERVATION INACTION
I
n a bold move to address the
challenges of water conservation
and management in the Ewaso
Nyiro sub-catchment, public and private
representatives of water interests met in
December 2015 to initiate a new water
resources partnership.
Representatives fromWaterDepartments
within Meru and Nyeri Counties, joined
their Laikipia counterpart at a meeting that
included green growers, WRUAs, flower
farms, ranches,CETRAD,Mt.KenyaTrust,
Rural Focus andLWF. Themeeting, held at
the Lions Court Inn onDecember 9, set the
stage for development of a public-private
partnership. Adding to the success of the
meetingwas a presentation by International
Finance
Corporation
(IFC)
which
highlighted the opportunities provided by
the2030WaterResourcesGroup–apublic-
private-civil society partnership established
at theWorldEconomicForum in 2008.
The meeting also benefitted from a
presentation by Kamau Mbogo, CEO of
ImarishaNaivasha, the nation’s first public-
privatewater resources partnership focused
on theNaivashaLake andwatershed.
LWF’s implementing partner, Rural
Focus, gave a particularly strong
presentation of the realities of water
demand, use, distribution, and impacts
to downstream water users in the three
counties. “
Unless we address this problem
in a focused and collective manner, we
can expect huge impacts on our rivers,
downstream ecosystems and water users.
There will be increasing water conflicts
and serious impacts to livelihoods unless
we address these issues now
”, said Mike
Thomas, Chief Engineer at Rural Focus.
The new partnership aims to address
Newpublic-privatepartnership tackles
waterconservationandmanagement
water abstraction, distribution, conservation
and management across the three counties.
Additional counties, particularly those
downstream will be addressed in the
near future. The meeting’s participants
appointed a task force to take thenewwater
partnership forward.The teamwill examine
the scope, scale, structure, governance,
and financing of the partnership. The
10-member task forcewill develop this road
map by March 2016 and will be expected
to address: sustainable water resource
allocation and abstraction; water security
and efficiency for small holder irrigation
schemes; strengthen WRUA and WRMA
capacity; and address the scale and impacts
of groundwater use.
LWFwill serve as secretariat to the task
force and expects to play a significant role
in the future of this new water resources
partnership. For more information contact:
James Mwangi, Water Programme Officer,
at
or on 0727
998319.
E
very year, untold numbers of
wildlife and livestock succumb
to Tick-Borne Diseases (TBD) in
Laikipia. The disease also affects animals
worldwide, resulting in economic losses
amounting to millions of dollars. Ticks,
small but deadly, cause diseases such as
East Coast Fever, Q. Fever, Babesiosi and
Heartwater. Recently, Laikipia registered
approximately 30 tick– borne diseases
which is a major cause for concern for all
stakeholders.
In December 2015, Mpala Research
Centre hosted a Tick Day, inviting key
stakeholders to listen to findings from a
group of Kenyan scientists and researchers
on the biology of ticks in Laikipia. There
werepracticaldemonstrations,opportunities
for participants to ask questions and
discussions on the future of research on
ticks.. Also present were researchers from
the University of Illinois Tick Survey
Project, who focused on the impact of ticks
on local communities and livestock. There
werealsopresentationson someof thework
done on preventing rabies.
Addressing participants during the open
day was Dr. Brian Allen who emphasised
The fight against the littlebugcausing
bigproblems inLaikipia
January2016 IssueNo. 4
LWFMembers attending theTickDaypresentation atMRC
Increasedawareness is requiredon tick
borne infections as they show onlyminor
or no symptoms at all. Doctors also have
very littleorno informationon thediseases
resulting indelayedand or misdiagnosis.
Range Management and Grazing Plans
were highlighted as successful ways of
controlling tick population.
Control of ticks and tick-borne diseases
requires significant development inorder to
better understand tick population biology
andhow to control thesedangerous vectors.
Mpala Research Centre promises to
continue presenting research findings to
thepublic in fun, interestingandeducative
ways.
“Unlesswe address this
problem in a focused and
collectivemanner, we can
expect huge impacts on
our rivers, downstream
ecosystems andwater users.
MikeThomas, Chief
Engineer at Rural Focus.
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