WATER THEMATIC AREA OF INTERVENTION

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Just three per cent of water on the planet is freshwater, and only about one per cent is readily available for human use. In a society reliant on farming and tourism to sustain livelihoods, natural resources are bound to be adversely depleted and affected, causing drastic environmental degradation in the long run.

KCNRN members have been for many years working on this thematic area not as water for drinking but as a resource which influence their movement and living patterns. Through their day-to- day activities which is directly affected by water in the area through fishing, irrigation among other and other uses, member organizations such as WRUA, BMUs, Women Groups and Youth groups have worked tirelessly to ensure right laws and policies are developed since they affect their day to day lives and this is done through coordination by KCNRN secretariat.

In the recent enacted Water Act 2016 which its main purpose is to align the water sector with the Constitution’s primary objective of devolution. The act recognizes that water related functions are a shared responsibility between the national government and the county government. It also gives priority to use of abstracted water for domestic purposes over irrigation and other uses.

Other key provisions in the Constitution that touch upon water include: affirmative action programs to ensure water for marginalized groups; the responsibility of the national government for management of the use of international waters and water resources and definition of national versus county public works.

KCNRN members working under this thematic areas contributed immensely in the development of this Bill and lobbying to been acted into Act among other laws governing the resource.

We are working with communities and partners to enhance quantity and quality of water in River in Kwale. Access to clean, safe and reliable freshwater for people, ecosystems and local industries is key in achieving sustainable development goals.

We empower Water Resources Authorities and local Water Resources Management institutions to work together to implement effective water resources management system and initiate focused water regulatory interventions such as restoration of degraded key headwaters and riparian areas, developing Water Allocation Plans to guide water use in the Basins.

We promote inclusive water stewardship through Public Private Partnerships