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Improved Water Economics in the Sub-catchments of Kenya (IWESK)

IWESK is a Climate Change and poverty reduction project anchored on the principles of co-financing and Public-Private Partnership. The project utilizes existing structures partnering with the Counties, WSTF, WRMA, Community Based Organisations (CBOs)/ /Water Service Providers (WSPs) and Water Resource User Associations (WRUAs). NCF4 partners seek to build the capacity of the newly established County Governments to enable informed choices to be made, while supporting a commercial financing environment. 

Project theme: “Inclusive green growth projects contributing to private sector develpoment.”

Objective: Sustainable livelihood development and economic growth through improved commercialized management of finite and limited water resources in selected sub catchments in Kenya.

Project Purpose: To improve the water economy through commercialized management of water usage in selected sub-catchments.

Key task areas in NCF4 are:

Theme 1. Water Resources measurement, regulation and planning

  • Review of WR measurement needs and improved monitoring of SW flows/GW levels.

  • Improved abstraction and effluent data and its updating and use.

  • Piloting WRMA-WRUAs Agency Model (service provision by WRUAs to WRMA in the collection of raw water fees)

  • Identification of major abstractors and polluters

  • ECDP preparation and implementation

  • Stakeholder assessment of future Climate Change impacts on agriculture and livelihoods

  • Preparation of inter-catchment agreements and framework for inter-county cooperation.

Theme 2.  Access to financing and concrete investments in sub-catchments

  • Stakeholder training/business planning for articulation of bankable investment projects

  • Linking WRUA members with commercial banks/ banking products.

  • Introduction of improved/SMART water metering technology for utilities/farmers

  • Introduction of IT/SMART billing and revenue collection systems

  • Installation of WR monitoring facilities (self-regulating weirs, abstraction control structures, bulk meters and met stations).

  • Implementation of sub catchment management plans (SCMP) by WRUAs (source protection, catchment and riparian conservation)

  • Support to farm level activities (conservation agriculture) – model farms

    Theme 3 Increased Climate Change and Water Resources Management awareness and promotion in relation to Climate Change, and coordination

  • Climate change adaptation training module development and training modules/training

  • Communication of water status and rules to all

  • Cross visits and networking

  • Support to sector coordination

Publications and dissemination material production in relation to NCF1/NCF4. ORGUT will utilise the opportunities within NCF4 to better of visibility and dissemination of actions undertaken and lesson learnt.

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