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