EX-Ante Carbon Balance Tool (EX-ACT) Virtual Training
03 June 2020
Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund (UTNWF)
GEF Implementing Agency
To achieve a well-conserved Tana River basin with improved water quality and adequate quantities for downstream users, and strong benefits to agricultural communities in the source watershed.
land under integrated and sustainable management
GHG emissions avoided or reduced
Forests and wetlands in the Upper Tana River Basin project target area play an important role in maintaining water quality and quantity by storing and filtering runoff water. However, the growth of the agriculture sector in the area has resulted in an increase in soil erosion and sedimentation. This has reduced the capacity of reservoirs and increased the cost of water treatment. The challenges to water security will likely increase as climate change brings unpredictable rainfall, which threatens the resilience and food security of upstream smallholder farming systems.
The project is establishing a first-of-its-kind water fund in Africa. Through the project’s network of public agencies, NGOs, Community-Based Organisations, and private sector actors, the UTNWF is supporting smallholder farmers in rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, and the adoption of climate-smart farming practices.
The project is structured around three principal components:
Support is being provided to 21,000 smallholder farmer households in the adoption of climate-smart practices, leading to improved food security, climate change adaptation and resilience capabilities.
The project aims to meet the following targets:
UTNWF Platform institutionalised for policy development and institutional reform.
Improved Upper Tana catchment ecosystems that support livelihoods, food security and economic development.
Robust knowledge management and learning systems implemented to direct UTNWF management and share lessons both nationally and regionally.
The UTNWF is a multi-stakeholder platform involving public and private sector entities. Key stakeholders from government include the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, National Museums of Kenya, Water Resources Management Authority, and Kenya Forest Services. The Nature Conservancy is a technical partner, while private sector entities include the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company. The project is also closely engaging with county governments and research institutions, including Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and National Museums of Kenya (NMK).
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Implemented by IFAD, the objective of the UTNWF project is to achieve a well-conserved Tana River basin with improved water quality and quantity for downstream users, and strong benefits to agricultural communities in the catchment area. This factsheet provides an overview of the project, outlining the various components, stakeholders, and anticipated impacts, as well as key innovative elements within the project design and implementation.
This briefing note focuses on the Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT) and its use by the Resilient Food Systems (RFS) projects in Kenya and Eswatini in conducting baseline surveys focusing primarily on socio-economic data. The MPAT survey collects information on 1) rural assets, exposure, and equality; and 2) fundamental needs, such as food and nutrition security, education, and healthcare. Additional questions on soil and water conservation practices were added to the survey conducted in Kenya. This tool is relatively easy to use, requires few resources to implement, and provides users with a reliable and comprehensive picture of a community’s poverty situation.
The 2020 GEF East Africa Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW), held February 18-21 in Nairobi, Kenya, brought together government and civil society representatives from Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The ECW included a presentation and a site visit to the RFS Kenya country project, from the Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund. Through the presentation, RFS Kenya implementing partner, the Nature Conservancy, shared how they are applying their innovative Water Fund Model approach to the Upper Tana catchment.
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