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  1. 1. Issue 9 July 2014 Message from the Network Manager CHALLENGES TO IMPLEMENTING IWRM IWRM is unquestionably one among major, probably the most significant initiatives towards sustainable man- agement of water resources in our time. Since the Mar del Plata Conference, Argentina in 1977, IWRM con- cepts remained focused on how best to ensure adequate supply of quality water to meet the socio-economic needs; to increase water use efficiency; and to promote preparedness, nationally and internationally, so as to avoid a water crisis in the future, and therefore IWRM can provide sustainable water security for every citizen in the modern world. The major challenge of IWRM remains its effective implementation in the field; practical implementation of the theoretically agreed-upon IWRM policies of Integrated Water Resources Management. Effectiveness of IWRM will be realized by gains made in use of water in the productive sectors; agriculture, water supply, sanitation, energy, tourism. Going forward WaterCap will devote greater effort to stimulate ca- pacity for innovative technological and financial solutions in productive sectors and the ensuing benefits to un- lock private talents/resources and develop community enterprises within tenets of efficient and sustainable water use envisioned by IWRM. To start with during this month WaterCap together with partners will undertake pilot exercise in Kajiado County in GIS and mobile applications for water resources data and knowledge man- agement. It will be exciting to discover what potential mobile application hold for water resources management Participant from the training of trainers course on Water Safety plans Training of trainers in Water Safety Plans The training was held by the International Water Association in collaboration with Ghana Water Company Limited and Cap-Net. Participants were drawn from Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Congo, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. The training aimed at building capacity of country experts and local training institution on Wa- ter Safety Plan and to provide continuous support to WSP de- velopment and implementation. During the training participants were given support on how to disseminate the technical content on WSP. Participants observe that there is need for onsite prac- tical learning of Water Safety planning especially in developing and implementing the plans. For More info contact: ewamiti@yahoo.com
  2. 2. The Ewaso-Ny’iro catchment extends from the high up- lands of Mt Kenya, whose peak is 5,199 m above sea level to the Lorian Swamp which is below 150 m . Seasonal flooding of the swamp provides grazing land to the pastoralists communities. Nonetheless, pastures that depend on river floods might be lost as a result of up- stream changes due to the drying-up point backtracking, pastoralist groups are moving into neighboring territory resulting in conflict situations. Read More....... Dulo Simeon Otieno Spot Light Brief information of yourself? I am a senior lecturer (Water Resources Engineering Associate) Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation University of Nairobi. Currently, I am the National Chair of Hydro- logical Society of Kenya How long have you been a network member? I am one of the founder members of WaterCap. I am also a founding member of the NBCBN-RE, Nile-IWRM How have you benefited from the network? The main benefit I have acquired through joining the network is the vast sharing of experi- ences in the Water resource Engineering and Catchment problems and the new methodol- ogies of solving them. Further, my involvement of the network activities have positively impacted on my career due to increased knowledge base and recognition among fellow professionals. How would you want to see the network develop? With improved funding and communication among network members, I believe the net- work will be a one stop window for professional resource tapping as well as problem solv- ing towards enhancing sustainable water resource management Water Dialogue The seventh water Dialogue was held on 25th June 2014 at Strath- more Business School at 2.00 to 4.00 P.M. The topic discussed was ‘Water Innovations and Entrepreneurship Research from Ken- ya. A long-term solution to reduce, reverse or mitigate the impact of climate change is to make climate-smart innovations a development priority in the water sector, particularly targeting water quality, quantity and waste-water management. Read More.... Welcome to the eighth water dialogue on 12th August at Strathmore Business School at 2.00 to 4.00 P.M. Africa Water Vision 2025 Upcoming events Publications I believe in maximum utilization of today op- portunities towards be- coming a better person tomorrow. Did You know? WASPA 2nd Exhibition from 16th - 17th Oct 2014, KICC with the theme Water, Governance & Decentraliza- tion - Examining the impact of devolution on sustainable utility management WaterCap Kenya WaterCapKe www.watercap.org

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