The Ministry of Environment and Natural resources is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to manage the Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund that supports upstream water and soil conservation for improved water quality and supply.
The principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with officials of The Nature Kenya Conservancy to take over the fund that was operated by Kenya Agricultural productivity and sustainable land management (KAPSLM).
The MOU will provide a framework for cooperation and coordination between the Ministry and The Nature Conservation which will promote and maintain Sustainable Land Management through implementation of the payment of Ecosystems (PES) Scheme in the Sasumua Watershed. The Nature Conservancy Kenya program director Munira Bashir signed the MOU on behalf of the organization.
The water Fund provides thousands of farmers in the Sasumua watershed with positive benefits for protecting and conserving the ecosystem that ensures over 90 % of steady water supply to Nairobi and its environs.
The new partnership will allow full roll out of environmental conservation support to all the farms in the 8 micro catchments of Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund.
Present during the signing was the Director of programs, Projects and Strategic Initiatives Mrs. Agnes Yobterick and KAPSLM component Manager Mr. Malik Aman.