Promoting Self-Reliance and Community Engagement for Water Towers

Speeches Shim

Kenya’s five major water towers – Mau Forest Complex, Mt. Kenya, Aberdares, Cherangany Hills, and Mt. Elgon – provide an estimated 75% of the country’s water resources and are vital 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 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 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 
Date 
Friday, February 12, 2021 - 12:00pm

Last updated: March 16, 2021