Promoting Self-Reliance and Community Engagement for Water Towers

Speeches Shim

The Mau Forest Complex, Mt. Kenya, Aberdares, Cherangany Hills, and Mt. Elgon - Kenya’s five major water towers – provide an estimated 75 percent of the country’s water resources and are central to Kenya’s economic and social well-being. Despite their critical importance, these water towers have been seriously degraded and continue to be impacted by irregular and ill-planned settlements, overgrazing, uncontrolled and illegal forest resource extraction, and the conversion of forest land to agriculture. The degradation of these forests contributes to a growing water crisis in Kenya and the larger region. Moreover, the loss of biodiversity and increased carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation are exacerbated by climate change.

Issuing Country 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 12:00pm