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Visit to community based project on sustainable natural resource management

03.09.2015  06:31

"" The Kinna community is, among other things, supported to rehabilitate and protect this earth dam to improve the community’s access to water for domestic, crop and livestock. 

 

The Danida “Fast Start” climate programme addresses challenges of climate change in Kenya with emphasis on the private sector and on community development. The programme is funded by the Danish Climate Envelope and its development objective is for communities and the private sector in Kenya to use technology innovation to reduce vulnerability to climate change and contribute to a low carbon development path.

One of the programmes components is community-driven initiatives to reduce threats and conflicts related to natural resource use and climate change risk. This component is facilitated through the Community Development Trust Fund. CDTF provides support to community based projects on sustainable natural resource management in diverse parts of Kenya. This includes topics such as soil and water conservation, RE, water and sanitation, waste management, and nature based enterprises. CDTF awards Danida funds to grassroots county-based organisations and provide them with technical support in order for them to undertake various natural resource management projects they themselves have identified as a priority. 

CDTF is jointly supported by the European Council and Danida. The total grant for the project support is DKK 122 Million. The Danida grant is DKK 85 Million of which DKK 68.3 Million is for project grants. The own contribution in cash or in-kind by the project communities is 10 %.

Among the supported projects is the Kinna Integrated Project in Isiolo County, which the Danish Embassy in Nairobi visited on August 21st 2015.

The village Kinna has been awarded DKK 767 Thousand and the community is contributing DKK 90 Thousand through mainly labour and local materials. The project was launched in August 2014 and is set to be terminated in October 2015.

Among the key priorities of the community is to develop adequate water structures to support their pastoralism livelihoods, to improve access to water for domestic, crop and livestock production, to reduce the occurrence of water born disease and to ensure food security by diversifying the community’s livelihoods through promotion of irrigation-based crop production as an alternative source of household income.

To achieve this, the community has been supported to rehabilitate and protect two earth dams and to construct one sand dam along a seasonal river. By developing adequate water structures the dam will support the community’s pastoralism livelihood as well as improve the community’s access to water for domestic, crop and livestock production. This will be of great importance to the community’s women and girls, since they alternatively would be spending the day fetching water. As a result many girls do not have the same access to go to school as boys. Since water point separation between human and livestock is included in the design, the project will ensure that water for human consumption is not contaminated, which currently is a serious health issue for the community.

The Kinna community has also been supported to install water tanks, gutters and tank slabs in five schools. This will improve teachers’ and children’s access to clean drinking water.

Finally the community has been supported to construct a water distribution structure for the local irrigation scheme. This will improve water access for crop production and diversify the community’s livelihoods through the promotion of irrigation-based crop production as an alternative household income.

The community’s horticultural crop production is supported via farm inputs and training to women’s groups. This will empower the local community regarding ecosystem restoration, climate change and alternative income generating activities - especially for women in the community.

From the visit the Embassy could draw the conclusion that the project is at a finalizing stage and the expectation is that the initiatives will increase the community’s resilience to the impacts of climate change and provide wide and lasting benefits to the villagers.