Become a high-skilled geospatial professional
TimelineFrom January 2013 to 31 December 2016
ThemeWater management
Funded byNetherlands Embassy, Nairobi

The Lake Naivasha basin is diverse both in terms of ecosystems and economic activities, all of which depend on having enough water of good quality.  Over the last 30 years the basin has undergone several economic transformations that threaten both water quality and quantity. The basin is relatively small and ranges from highlands in the north east and west, to semi-arid rangelands in the south and south east.  It is home to three National Parks (Aberdares, Longonot and Hell’s Gate), as well as at least six privately-owned wildlife sanctuaries, and it is the heart of Kenya’s horticulture industry.  The lake’s natural beauty, rich biodiversity and mild climate alone attracts up to 1.8 million visitors annually.

The IWRAP program brings together all stakeholders in the area together with a consortium of Dutch and Kenyan organizations to come up with an integrated water resources management plan that serves the needs and interests for long-term sustainable developments of all stakeholders.

The specific task of ITC is to Increase knowledge and technical capacity for quantitative water resource management and monitoring in Lake Naivasha Basin. Basically, this means that capacity will be built up at the Kenyan organizations that manage the lake to constantly monitor the quantity and quality of the water resources in the basin. In addition, various models for groundwater and surface water will be developed and staff will be trained to maintain and use these models for scenario analysis and forecasting.

The project has developed a web-based platform that makes all data and information generated publicly accessible through internet.

Global impact
Water management

Many of the world’s major environmental concerns have to do with water. Potable water is getting increasingly scarce, which makes it a valuable resource to be managed wisely. Extreme weather causes excessive flooding which can often be prevented with proper by interventions. Pollution of valuable water resources and the status of precious wetlands deserve close monitoring.

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