Project Geographical Location: Endau, Taita Taveta, Enoosupukia, Lerroghi&Chyulu
Purpose: The Government of Kenya through the Constitution seeks to provide it populace with a secure and healthy environment. One of the thresholds of achieving this is through concerted efforts in rehabilitation, conservation and protection of the nation’s water towers. The Water Towers ecosystems are critical in river flow regulation, flood mitigation, water storage, water purification, and recharge of groundwater, reduced soil erosion and siltation, protection of biodiversity, carbon sequestration, carbon reservoir and regulation of microclimate for social and economic development. However, the quantity and quality of these scarce resources have been compromised due to human encroachments, illegal extraction of forest products, among others.
Objectives: To restore the water towers ecosystem health and resilience, To securing the catchment lands, wetlands, and critical biodiversity hotspots within the water towers ecosystems, To promote alternative livelihood programmes in the ecosystems, To sensitize citizen in the ecosystems on sustainable use and management of the natural assets
This project intent to mitigate and sustainably manage soil erosion which poses a threat to the water towers and general environmental health in the project locations by doing the following;
- Securing of wetlands to ensure restoration of river flows
- Rehabilitation through tree planting in degraded hills/catchments using suitable indigenous species plus bamboo
- Construction of Weirs to control turbulence of river flow while increasing water seepage for underground recharging
- Stakeholders/Actors for consultations
- Sensitization on sustainable extraction and use of the natural resources.
- Monitoring and Evaluation of impacts
Project stage: Ongoing
Economic and Social Benefits
Creation of job opportunities and entrepreneurship in Environment and Agricultural Sectors. Usage, improvement, and protection of human and natural resources in a wise manner, ensuring derivation of their highest economic and social benefits on a continuing or long-term basis. Conservation will be achieved through alternative technologies, recycling, and reduction in waste and spoilage.