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Assessment and Initial Capacity Building for the Rehabilitation of the River Njoro Watershed, Kenya (SUMAWA)

by Susan Johnson,
Global Livestock CRSP,
University of Califormia, Davis

SUMAWA team member Prof. Aboud, Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Natural Resources, Egerton University, is pictured with Adam Wolf of the GL-CRSP Livestock Development and Rangeland Science project in Central Asia, and Getachew Gebru and Solomon Desta, GL-CRSP Pastoral Risk Management (PARIMA) project in Ethiopia and Kenya. Prof. Aboud is also a team member on the PARIMA project.

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The team for the joint PD/A CRSP and Global Livestock CRSP project (SUMAWA) recently presented a poster entitled "Integrated Stakeholder Participation and Watershed Assessment in the River Njoro Watershed, Kenya" at the GL-CRSP Program Conference. Pictured, from right, Ole Kamuaro Ololitisatti, Maasai Environment Resource Coalition, William Shivoga and Francis Lelo, Egerton University, SUMAWA project leaders.

Photo By: Susan Johnson


he Pond Dynamics/Aquaculture CRSP and the Global Livestock CRSP have joined together to support a collaborative initiative for problem model assessment and human capacity building for the rehabilitation of the River Njoro watershed in Kenya. The multidisciplinary team is composed of faculty members from Egerton University, the University of Wyoming, the University of California at Davis and Moi University, as well as partners from other Kenyan institutions such as the Kenya Department of Fisheries and Kenya Wildlife Service.

The team is composed of four principal groups: watershed characterization, stakeholder involvement, ecology, and socio-economics, which will integrate stakeholder interests with scientific research and consult with various stakeholders in the watershed on matters such as water quantity and water quality. A watershed assessment will lead to the preparation of a problem model that will in turn facilitate the team to generate a full project proposal for integrated sustainable management of watershed resources through stakeholder participation at the watershed scale.

SUMAWA project participants met in Washington DC recently. Among them were Moi University professors Mucai Muchiri and Godfrey Monor. Muchiri is also PD/A CRSP principal investigator.

After the meeting in Washington, Muchiri and Monor visited Oregon over the course of several days. Their visit, hosted by the PD/A CRSP, included meetings with staff at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in Portland. At Oregon State University they met with CRSP Director Hillary Egna, Fisheries and Wildlife Department Head Dan Edge, and CRSP Kenya Project OSU Principal Investigator Jim Bowman.


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