Describe your organisation, its vision and mission.
The name of my organisation is Makueni County WRUA Council. The organisation is a network of 68 individual Water Resources Users Associations (WRUAs) across the Makueni county in Kenya, with a membership of about 600,000 people.
Our vision is the provision, protection and conservation of water catchments in Makueni County, Kenya. Our mission is to create awareness on climate change, ecosystems, restoration, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and stakeholder engagement.
How long have you been a GWP Partner?
Makueni County WRUA Council has been a partner with GWP for a period of 9 years. We joined GWP in 2013, immediately after the organisation was formed. We decided to join because we found GWP to be a strong partner who can support our organisation through experience sharing, and it can provide strategies for project implementation and financial mobilisation.
What are the benefits of being a GWP Partner?
My organisation has benefited a lot for the past 9 years, mainly in the areas of capacity building and resource mobilisation.
Please share a challenge facing the management of water resources in your area of expertise.
We are experiencing sand harvesting in our rivers, tree logging along water catchments, climate change in water sheds, unpredictable rain patterns, and continuous drought.
Are there any special projects or initiatives that you would like more widely known?
There are a couple of special initiatives and examples online that I would like to share, because they explain issues that are part of our reality, and with these, I want to feed the future.
Kenya's Sand Wars (an Aljazeera feature story)