Nairobi, Kenya, 30 Mar 2015

MaMaSe initiative strengthens the capacity of the Water Resource Management Authority in Kenya

The MaMaSe sustainable water initiative aims to improve the water safety and security in the Mara River Basin in Kenya. Patrick Meya (right) of the Mara Sub-regional Office of the Water Resource Management Authority (WRMA) receives his completion certificate from Michael McClain, project leader of MaMaSe and Professor of Ecohydrology at UNESCO-IHE.

Patrick Meya recently completed an online course on Environmental Flows from UNESCO-IHE. The monitoring of environmental flows and reserve settings is a major component of the result area of water allocation planning within the Mara Basin under MaMaSe Sustainable Water Initiative.

His participation in the course was funded by GIZ, a MaMaSe Initiative partner whose role and key impact in the project is to strengthen the capacity of local water management systems. Similarly the Initiative derives leverages and synergies between partners within the basin in key impact result areas.

Assessing the water quantity and quality of the Mara river

The MaMaSe partners recently conducted a Rapid Assessment of the Mara River and its two main tributaries Nyangores and Amala. Patrick and his colleague Barnabas Kosgey from WRMA conducted the water quality tests of the Nyangores River and the Silibwet Bridge.The team was led by MaMaSe programme coordinator Ingrid de Loof.

The objective of this exercise was to determine the current water quantity and quality of the Mara River and its tributaries assess the habitat quality and invertebrate community and correlate this data and information to the recent prolonged drought in the region as well as to the human and animal use of the communities living within and around the river. 

The MaMaSe Sustainable Water Initiative key objective is to improve water safety and security in the Mara River Basin through collection, sharing and deciphering of such data. Read more here.

 

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