Friday, October 23, 2020

 

 Environmental experts in a memorable group photo during the meeting in Naivasha

Environmental experts in a memorable group photo during the meeting in Naivasha

A Multi Agency technical team on the Rising Water Levels in Rift Valley lakes held its meeting at a Naivasha Hotel, to deliberate and recommend appropriate interventions to address the issue.

The experts, who were drawn from Ministries of Environment and Forestry, Devolution, Energy, Mining, Agriculture, County Governments, non-state actors and development partners, seek to undertake environmental scooping of the social and economic impacts of the rising water levels in Lake Baringo, Bogoria and Nakuru. The Great Rift Valley is endowed with nine lakes namely; Turkana, Logipi, Baringo, 94, Bogoria, Nakuru, Elementaita, Naivasha and Magadi. Among these, lakes Naivasha, Baringo and 94 are fresh water bodies while the rest are saline.Lakes Bogoria, Elementaita and Magadi receive a considerable part of their water inflow from springs while lakes Turkana, Baringo, Naivasha and Nakuru are mainly fed by rivers.

The Rift valley lakes play a significant role in sustaining the local communities, as wildlife habitats and as tourist attraction sites particularly lakes Bogoria and Nakuru which are rich in bird species. The water levels in the lakes, rivers and dams in the region have been rising in recent years. However, this year the levels have been particularly high. This has been aggravated by a combination of poor land use practices, deforestation and pollution of the watersheds catchment areas. Similarly, accumulation of silt in the lower sections of the main rivers has contributed to floods in low lying areas.

Mr. Walid Badawi, the UNDP Country Rep. to Kenya addressing the environmental experts in Naivasha.

Mr. Walid Badawi, the UNDP Country Rep. to Kenya addressing the environmental experts in Naivasha.

The meeting deliberated and recommended appropriate interventions to address the issue.

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