Engaging local communities for water managment
Low yields, increasing sedimentation of rivers, depleting water resources and reduced livestock productivity are some of the harsh realities that communities living in the upper catchment of the Mara River have faced in recent years.
While only four decades ago the land of Merigi Village was covered by dense forest, today most of the forest has been cleared for homes and farmland, triggering a downward spiral for productivity in the region as the roots which had prevented erosion were removed, and soil and nutrients began to wash away into the river.
On the picturesque slope of the Merigi Hills in Bomet County, Kenya, lies the home of 45-year old Christine Kirui. In her jovial tone, Kirui – who is a mother of three – describes the situation in her village a few years ago, before the community embraced land management practices under the HSBC Water Programme.