Water Tower Climate Change Resilience Program

Kenya’s five major Water Towers – Mau Forest Complex, Mt. Kenya, Aberdares, Cherangani Hills, and Mt. Elgon – 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, the Water Tower ecosystems have been seriously degraded and continue to be impacted by a number of activities, including irregular and ill-planned settlements, overgrazing, uncontrolled and illegal forest resource extraction, and the conversion of forest land to agriculture. The continued degradation of these forests contributes to a growing water crisis. Moreover, the loss of biodiversity and increased carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation are exacerbated by climate change.

The Kenya Water Tower Climate Change Resilience project is a three-year effort funded by USAID Kenya and East Africa and implemented by the U.S. Forest Service in cooperation with key partners on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MENR). The project goal is to support informed implementation of climate change adaptation and resilience activities in Mau Forest Complex, Cherangani Hills and Mt. Elgon Water Tower ecosystems through valuation of the ecosystem services from these ecosystems, capacity building and training, and strategic planning.

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Friday, March 8, 2019 - 12:00pm

Last updated: March 08, 2019