THE IWRM PROJECT LAUNCH WORKSHOP..
Centre for Social Planning and Administrative Development (CESPAD) held a launch workshop on November 27, 2012, at Silver Springs in Nairobi to launch the Act! Funded project "Promoting Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Kenya: A Kenya Water Partnership Initiative. The project will be implemented in the Athi Basin, one of the six river basins in Kenya, for two years starting in 2012. The project will be pioneered in three counties: Kajiado, Machakos, and Makueni counties. The launch workshop was attended by Government officials, the private sector, media, institutions of higher learning, Global Water Partnership East Africa representative, and CSOs. Professor Munguti Katuti Katua, CESPAD's Executive Director and Chair of Kenya Water Partnership, briefly introduced CESPAD. He explained the history of IWRM in Kenya, which gave rise to the current project on promoting IWRM. Patrick Safari, Regional Coordinator Global Water Partnership East Africa, gave a presentation on water resources management challenges in Africa. He added that IWRM would help address the imbalances between water supply and demand. IWRM involves participatory approaches that will help reduce conflicts through encouraging dialogue with water users. IWRM is a long and complex process that requires the integration of ecosystem and human systems.
Mr. Ben Omondi, Grants Manager Act! Gave an overview of the Act! As an organization and the Changieni Rasili Mali facility, which is a 4 year program financed by DFiD and the Swedish Government. It will be running from April 2011 to 2015.
Eng Patrick Oloo gave the keynote speech on behalf of Eng. John Nyaoro from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation. He commended the project team and added that the Ministry is willing to support such initiatives to ensure equitable water sharing and coordination between different water actors.Different partners funded through the Act! CRM facility also shared their experiences concerning water and natural resources management. Mr. Hadley Becha, Executive Director of Community Action for Nature Conservation (CANCO), shared their experience on the project "Strengthening civil society alliance engagement in advocating for sustainable tuna fisheries management in Kenya." Preserve Africa Initiative (PAFRI) also gave their experience on the project "Improved participation by citizens on local governance and Management of Natural Resources in Kaiti Watershed."
Mr. Canute Mwakamba, Regional Manager of Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA), assured the team of support once on the ground.The launch workshop was a success, with different stakeholders assuring support for the project and Integrated Water resources management in general.