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

IWESK/NCF4 was a Climate Change and poverty reduction project anchored on the principles of co-financing and Public-Private Partnership. The project utilized existing structures partnering with the Counties, WSTF, WRMA, Community Based Organisations (CBOs)/Water Service Providers (WSPs) and Water Resource User Associations (WRUAs).

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

Key task areas in NCF4 were:

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