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Mau Mara Serengeti Sustainable Water (MaMaSe) Initiative

Project location Kenya
Starting date 01 January 2014
Completion date 31 December 2017
Client Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Partners Consortium led by UNESCO-IHE
Project leader Luc Boerboom
Project officer Bert Boer
Project type Consulting
Budget 866,858 Euro

The MaMaSe Sustainable Water Initiative is aimed at improving water safety and security in the Mara River Basin to support structural poverty reduction, sustainable economic growth and conservation of the basin’s ecosystems. In this four year programme the people and institutions in the basin will be supported in a process of structural change, promoting water-wise economic development that lifts people out of poverty and sets them on a sustainable path to improved well being and self-reliance.

The Initiative, which is financially supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, consists of a broad-based public private partnership including international and Kenyan government agencies, civil society, private sector, NGOs, and knowledge institutions. It is led by UNESCO-IHE together with WWF Kenya. The partners envision a basin where:

  • Capable government institutions develop effective river basin management strategies for inclusive green growth through participatory processes. Water resources are regulated for the benefit of people and ecosystems.
  • Basin residents prosper from economic activities that are financially profitable, environmentally sustainable, and well aligned with the basin water management strategy. Innovative agricultural practices and sustainable tourism facilities are promoted.
  • Key forest and savannah ecosystems are protected or restored and wildlife has access to habitats and water resources needed at different times of the year and especially during drought years.
  • These interconnected public, private, and environmental elements of the basin serve as a model of sustainability for surrounding basins, with transferrable tools and approaches.

ITC contributes to development of a rangeland information system with different information “ProdUser” communities that considers spatial-temporal carrying capacity of the Maasai Mara park and surrounding rangelands for livelihoods based on livestock and wildlife species. Such system could serve early warning, based on GEONETCast global data dissemination and open geospatial data analysis technology developed by ITC-University of Twente (ITC-UT). It could also serve development of rangeland management options and scenarios.

Core partners are  Egerton University, GIZ, HSBC Bank, ITC-Twente, Kenya Water Resource Management Authority, Mara Farming, Regional Water Authority Brabantse Delta, SNV, Wageningen UR, WWF Kenya Country Office

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