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The Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund

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The Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund

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Countries: Kenya
Regions: Galana
Organization SDGs:
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Increase Access to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (SDG 6.1 & 6.2)
Water Quality (SDG 6.3)
Integrated Water Resource Management (SDG 6.5)
International Cooperation and Capacity Building (SDG 6.a)
Sustainable Production (SDG 12.4)
Climate Resilience and Adaptation (SDG 13.1)
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Water Funds
Services Offered: Other
Org. Type: Water Fund
Org. Size: Small (10 - 99 Employees)
Language: English
Org. Website: waterfundstoolbox.org/regions/africa/upper-tana-nairobi-wate...
Org. Source: CEO Water Mandate
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Organization Overview

The innovative model of the Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund is the first of its kind on the African continent. TNC is engaging watershed stakeholders from all sectors of society to undertake projects that benefit the small-holder farmers living in the Upper Tana basin and downstream Nairobi city residents. This project, through targeted interventions in three priority watersheds (Maragua, Sagana-Gura, and Thika-Chania) improved land management and reduced sediment run-off in...

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The innovative model of the Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund is the first of its kind on the African continent. TNC is engaging watershed stakeholders from all sectors of society to undertake projects that benefit the small-holder farmers living in the Upper Tana basin and downstream Nairobi city residents. This project, through targeted interventions in three priority watersheds (Maragua, Sagana-Gura, and Thika-Chania) improved land management and reduced sediment run-off into the Tana River, resulting in multiple cascading benefits. Local implementing partners, such as Sustainable Agriculture Community Development Programme (SACDEP) worked with small-holder farmers to introduce improved irrigation techniques. Improved irrigation techniques reduce sediment run-off and improve farm profitability. As the Upper Tana watershed supplies 95% of Nairobi's water, reduced sediment load in the river increases the supply for NCWSC and reduces treatment costs associated with reducing turbidity in their water supply. Additionally, an increased quantity of water in the basin leads to more efficient hydropower generation. Through the increased flows that NCWSC sees at the intake of their water treatment system because of improved land management upstream, the company will provide a more reliable water service to their customers and extend their network to new communities. The improvements in water service have already transformed the lives of 856,720 Nairobi residents. Additionally, 26,174 coffee farmers have been empowered through training in improved farming practices. Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund's partner, Green Belt Movement, worked with these coffee farmers to certify them through the Rainforest Alliance. This certification allows farmers to access better pricing for their goods and reduce sediment run-off into the river.

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