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  1. 1. Data and knowledge management is rapidly becoming one of the most important as- pects of water management enabling professional and organizations to collectively and systematically make informed decision to better achieve their objectives. The complexity of water issues such as climate change, unplanned developments, poverty, population increase and intensifying competition among water issues often require large amount of diverse data for effective water resource management. Obtaining of this diverse amount of data is largely aided by methods that allow accurate and timely data. However, to-date there is little documentation of local knowledge and cases focusing on management and application of water resources is available. In Kenya, water managers and practitioners frequently cite limitation for data and knowledge management as; poor quality, gaps in the collected data, common data for- mat, limited technological and human capacity for data collection and processing, so- cial and institutional attitudes and weak institutional coordination for data sharing. WaterCap has identified the need for a priority attention in enhancement of data and knowledge for water management, and where possible by use of new technologies such as mobile applications and remote sensing. What is clear, these knowledge and information challenges can be gradually overcome if both individual and institutions embrace mutual cooperation to produce effective up-to-date, predictive and analytical water knowledge., Recent collaborated activity to map water resources in Kajiado County was illuminat- ing in many ways. The Water Dialogue session in September will share the exciting results of this activity. Network Manager August 2014 i. Bridging knowledge and information gaps in water resource management ii. Training Work- shop on the use of GIS and Mobile Application in wa- ter resources data and knowledge management iii. Catchment Man- agement Strate- gies iv. Spotlight v. Did you know? vi. Upcoming Events Bridging knowledge and information gaps in water resource management Training Workshop on the use of GIS and Mobile application in water resources data and knowledge management WaterCap in partnership with SWAP-BFZ, WRMA, Moi Univer- sity and AKVO hosted a workshop on “Use of GIS and mobile application in water resources data and knowledge management” with an aim of bridging knowledge and information gaps in water resources management. Since March, several partners meeting were held to deliberate the potential of adopting emergent technol- ogy for water resources data and knowledge management. The participants observed that there is a strong demand for inte- grated water information. To tackle this demand, there is need to adopt technological and social approaches to enhance data and knowledge management for water resources. The workshop was in preparation of a field school that was carried out in Kajiado County. Moi University will present a paper on the September Water Dialogue on the use of GIS and mobile application in water resources data and knowledge management. For more info: Inside this issue;
  2. 2. Spot Light: BENARD OPAA Brief Information about myself? I am a Social Ecologist currently working with NEMA as a wetland specialist. I have over 10 years hand on experience in natural resource management and community devel- opment. I have been a member of WaterCap since 2010 How have you benefitted from being a Network member? I have been able to improve my skills and knowledge on IWRM, and furthermore as a WaterCap member I expanded my links and networks at the regional and international discourses. The Network programmes such as the Water Dialogue highlighted new opportunities and challenges within the water sector, creating a mind- set shift towards holistic and multi-stakeholder approaches in addressing water resources issues. How do you want to see the network develop? I want to see more vibrancy and advocacy work towards policy influence. It would be worthwhile to explore new opportunities for strengthening capacity for improved water and natural resources governance especially linking oil and gas development and devolved governments. Did you know? Lake Magadi is the Southern- most Lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, approximately 100km2 . The lake lies in a catchment with faulted volcanic rocks North of Tanzania Lake Natron. During the dry season, 80% of the lake is covered by soda. Lake Magadi is an example of a “saline pan”. It is mainly recharged by saline hot springs that normally discharges into alka- line “lagoons” around the lake margin. Upcoming Events WASPA Annual Conference Water Dialogue Publications The Climate Change Bill 2014 Water Bill 2014 Catchment Management Strategies WRMA are in the processes of updating the six Catchment Management Strategies for Tana, Athi, LVSCA and ENNCA. An initial draft has been presented to the County Governments for their inputs and thereafter it will be exposed to the larger catchment stakeholders. The objective of this updating is;  To assess the extent in which the various strategic actions in the lapsing CMS were implemented.  To evaluate the relevance of the strategic actions. This is also an opportunity to consider WRMA’s other specific issues considered important for inclusion in the revised Catchment Management Strategy (Climate change, flood management and livelihood enhancement for WRUA members). The development of strategic actions up to 2022 is to take cognizance of the National Water Master Plan 2030. CMS outline framework WRMA is welcoming views and inputs from stakeholders and general public. For more info: kin-