The Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP) partnered with the Mount Kenya Trust to survey water abstraction in the northern moorlands of Mt. Kenya. This was under the MKEWP strategic objective of improving water security governance and as a result of a clash between two water users (upstream and downstream) in Laikipia County. The survey was conducted to look at compliance and how water abstraction is affecting the mountain. The survey revealed numerous illegal water intakes constructed along streams. The increased human activities in the area disrupt the moorland ecosystem hence affecting climate regulation, mitigating floods, conservation of biological diversity, nutrients cycling and soil formation among other benefits that result from the water towers.
Type: Briefing note/Position Paper