Thursday, October 18, 2018
A memorable group photo of some of the guests during the launch of the Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund, at the Kempiski hotel, Nbi

A memorable group photo of some of the guests during the launch of the Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund, at the Kempiski hotel, Nbi

 Unpredictable Climate change will likely increase water insecurity due to erratic rainfall causing challenges in food security and slow recovery by small holder farmers, Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

 The PS further called for concerted efforts to manage land, water and biodiversity in a bid to address food insecurity in order to safeguard the country’s long term potential of agricultural productivity and water supply.

 Mr. Sunkuli made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by the Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia during the launch of Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund yesterday at a Nairobi hotel. The project aims at conserving water catchment basin thereby improving the ecosystem and quality of life of local communities.

 The more than sh. 1.2 billion financing from the Global Environment Fund (GEF), Government of Kenya and local stakeholders will support about 21,00 rural small holder families to adopt climate smart farming that is expected to stabilize and restore ecosystems along the Upper Tana basin which is the source of water supply for Nairobi city and its environs.

A cross section of invited guests following proceedings during the launch of the Water Fund.

A cross section of invited guests following proceedings during the launch of the Water Fund.

The PS observed that forests and wetlands in the project area played an important role in maintaining water quality and quantity alongside providing space where runoff water and sediment are stored and filtered naturally.

However, due to significant growth of the agriculture sector in the area, sedimentation is reducing the capacity of reservoirs. The Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund therefore, is expected to work with public and private sector partners, to establish the Water Fund, which will act as a sustainable financing mechanism to support integrated natural resource management approaches in the catchment area.

Further the project is expected to boost water quality and quantity for both upstream and downstream users, climate change adaptation and resilience capabilities among other benefits.

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