WWF IMMEDIATE ACTION PLAN (PROJECTS)
PAYMENT FOR ECOSYSTEM SERVICES (PES)
WATER ALLOCATION PLAN (WAP)
WWF – KCO supported the rehabilitation of degraded areas marked as hotspots and through the Lake Naivasha Immediate Action Plan (LNIAP) 13 gabions were constructed along the hills of Kamere to hold the silt being deposited into Lake Naivasha. An abstraction survey was also conducted to determine the number of abstractors within Lake Naivasha Basin.
Payment for Environmental Services (PES) is a mechanism where land owners (farmers) in the upper catchment of Lake Naivasha are rewarded by resources beneficiaries (Water users) in the lower catchment (within 2000 MASL contour) of Lake Naivasha. PES is based on the premise that land owners in the upper catchment undertake land use transformations that provide agreed ecosystem services (Clean water). For this service, the land owners are rewarded financially by the service beneficiaries.
Lake Naivasha Growers Group (LNGG) commissioned a study done by Rural Focus in the year 2008 to develop a water balance model for Lake Naivasha, its aquifers and Feeder Rivers. The model guided in developing the Water Allocation Plan (WAP) that guides in the allocation of water within the basin at different seasons. The WAP was adopted and Gazzetted by Water Resources management Authority (WRMA) in the Year 2010 and now being implemented by LANAWRUA.
REHABILITATION OF DEGRADED AREAS
MAPPING & PEGGING OF THE LAKE NAIVASHA RIPARIAN ZONE
WRMA – WRUA AGENCY
LANAWRUA has been working with other organizations both local and international in rehabilitating degraded areas within Lake Naivasha Basin. Rehabilitation efforts have involved construction of gabions to reduce siltation into the lake and replanting of tree seedlings. LANAWRUA has received funding from the Water Services trust Funds (WSTF), WWF and GIZ for rehabilitating degraded areas in the Basin.
LANAWRUA conducted a mapping exercise aimed at establishing and pegging Lake Naivasha Riparian Land. The exercise was facilitated by Mark & Spenser, a retail supermarket that buys flowers from Kenya. The Lake Naivasha Riparian Land was pegged at 1892.8 Meters above Sea Level. A Gazzette Notice was issued in the Year 2012 that details the prohibited activities within the riparian zone. Lanawrua has erected sign boards within the riparian zone to inform the public on these restrictions
Two wruas i.e. LANAWRUA and Mkungi Kitiri WRUA have been selected as pilot wruas under the IWRAP to execute some functions on behalf of WRMA as provided for in the Water Act 2002. This is Guided by a signed Memorandum of Understand between WRMA & WRUAs. Under this MOU, WRMA shall pay the WRUAs an agreed percentage of the total revenue collected in the basin. The pilot tasks agreed upon are; Data Collection, Metre reading and Compliance.