On-going Engagement with development partners
- Kenya Water Security Climate & Resilience Project
- Basin Plans
Whereas the CMSs gave the strategic direction on the management of the catchments, the overall action plans were developed at the individual Sub-basin level, these being the Sub Catchment Management Plans (SCMPs). With the enactment of the Water Act 2016, the Basin Water Resources Committee which was to be established would implement the catchment management activities on behalf of WRA through the implementation of overall Basin Plans approved by WRA. The action had to be taken to convert the Strategies into plans to enable the effective discharge of the authority’s intentions at the basin level.
The World Bank through Kenya Water Security Climate & Resilience Project has developed the six Basin Plans for Lake Victoria North, Lake Victoria South, Rift Valley, Athi, Tana, and Ewaso Ngiro North basin areas through public consultation and are ready for implementation.
The Basin Plans developed will enable build WRA’s Institutional capacity and strengthen its Institutional structure to protect, conserve, control and regulate use of water resources.
- Water Related Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
Ministry of Water & Irrigation & Sanitation requested the Kingdom of the Netherlands for expertise on how to deal and manage Water Related Disasters, which mainly is floods and related impacts, in 2018. Due to their reputation for their expertise in handling their water resources, the Dutch were best suited to be engaged in this matter.
A Pre-scoping mission done in Baringo County was executed in June 2019, followed by a validation mission held in November 2019.
The study by the Dutch DRR-Team of experts engaged by the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands and WRA staff was undertaken with the following objectives:
- To conduct assessment on the level of disaster risk emanating from the occurrence of floods and droughts in the Rift Valley;
- To Develop a strategy for Rift valley catchment for flood and drought risk reduction and make recommendations for short and midterm and steps to be taken to reduce the identified risks;
- To advice on various financing sources for the disaster risk program.
The DRR report that included the Water Related Disasters Analysis tool was officially presented by to the Ministry of Water and Sanitation & Irrigation by HE Ms. Martine van Hoogstraten -the Charge de Affairs at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi on 27th August 2020.
WRA has developed and submitted to the MWI&S a Concept note on “Reducing Risk of Water Related Disasters in Baringo County, Rift Valley Catchment Areas” as recommended in the report.
The implementation of the activities is going to be a multi-sectoral approach and WRA, as the lead agency, has established a multi-agency committee.
The committee is tasked to come up with framework for implementing the DRR report in totality across the whole country by identifying key hazards and risks and to constitute an appropriate multi-sectoral technical team for the implementation of the activities identified using the DRR analysis tool.
- The Blue Deal Programme
The Royal Kingdom of Netherlands (RKN) through its Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water has an ongoing initiative that aims at supporting countries and enable 20 million people in 40 catchment areas around the world to gain access to clean, sufficient and safe water under a project dubbed the “Blue Deal.” The programme is expected to create opportunities to attract businesses and institutions to fund identified investment needs in water resources management.
In Kenya the Blue Deal programme sets out to strengthen the three crucial elements of good water management: sufficient knowledge and expertise, a well-functioning organization and cooperation with key stakeholders. 50 per cent of the programme is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water. The other 50 per cent is to be covered by the Dutch Water Authorities (about 40%) and the local partner 10%.
The Blue Deal programme is implementing the Upper Tana project in with WRA as the local partner.
WRA is working with DWA to develop Water Allocation plans for Upper Thika and Middle Thika sub catchments, review Abstraction and Pollution Surveys, develop compliance and enforcement plans as well as have one showcase project (Common Intake) at a location within the project area. Various grassroots stakeholders will also be involved in the implementation of the project.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-
Water Resources Management Experts Project
This project is aimed at capacity development of water resources management in WRA through enhancement of surface water monitoring. With the introduction of telemetric and logger technologies in the Tana basin, the Authority has significantly improved its hydro-meteorological monitoring network (over 80% completed) Monitoring stations have been established and rehabilitated (SW, GW, WQ) thereby enhancing data quality and integrity. The Authority and WRUAs have benefited through a rehabilitated and improved monitoring network for ground and surface water. Data collection, storage and analysis capabilities have also been improved. Communication with stakeholders and clients on water resource status has been enhanced through an improved website and data sharing platform has enhanced communication with stakeholders and clients on water resource status. The financial management of water use levies and the linkage between permitting, billing, and enforcement have been strengthened.