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Mara River Water Users Association

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5888268 km2
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Brazil; Peru; Suriname; France; Colombia; Guyana; Bolivia; Venezuela; Ecuador
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Santa Cruz; Manaus; La Paz
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Countries: Uganda
Regions: Nile
Organization SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the organization and its locations.
Increase Access to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (SDG 6.1 & 6.2)
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
Sustainable Agriculture (SDG 2.4)
Climate Resilience and Adaptation (SDG 13.1)
Org. Type: NGO / Civil Society
Language: English
Org. Source: User
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About Mara Water River Users Association Mara Ecosystem: Significant Water Tower & Home to World Famous Mara Game Reserve The Mara River Basin - An important source of water & other natural resources Background Over the years, the quantity and quality of water in the Mara River have continued to deteriorate endangering livelihoods, businesses and biodiversity in the Mara River Basin. The reduction of the flows and quality of water is attributed to poor lan...

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About Mara Water River Users Association Mara Ecosystem: Significant Water Tower & Home to World Famous Mara Game Reserve The Mara River Basin - An important source of water & other natural resources Background Over the years, the quantity and quality of water in the Mara River have continued to deteriorate endangering livelihoods, businesses and biodiversity in the Mara River Basin. The reduction of the flows and quality of water is attributed to poor land use practices in the basin, deforestation, human encroachment into gazetted forests and climate change among others. Prompted by potential for water conflicts that could arise from competition for the scarce water resources individuals living within the Mara Basin formed the Mara River Water Users Association in 2003. It was registered with the Registrar of societies in 2005.The Association covers Bomet and Narok Counties in Kenya.Mara basin has a population of approximately 1,200,000 people. Ecological Zones The Mara Basin covers the Mau Complex Forests which is a source of water for all the streams forming the Mara River. Immediately after the forest there are small scale farms which consist of small holdings of farm. The other ecological zone found in the basin are dry scrublands which mainly sustain large scale commercial agriculture and livestock rearing which is the main economic activities for the locals-the Maasai. The basin harbours the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The main objectives of the Association. Conflict resolution in water conflicts Awareness creation on conservation Reforestation Spring protection Water harvesting technologies Promotion Energy saving technologies Assist relevant government bodies in water allocation and permitting. Promotion of income generating activities that promotes water resources management Key Activities Main activities/programs. River bank protection Spring protection Soil and water conservation Awareness creation in water resources management. Advocacy in water resources management. MILESTONES ACHIEVED Winning the prestigious river prize award in 2013 in recognition of its effortsin management of water resources. Funding from Water Resource Management Authority (WRMA) for capacity building in the Water Development Cycle ( WDC )process Kshs 715,000 awaiting next release for the Amala Sub-catchment Management Plan (SCMP) produced and Nyangores one to be done. Formation of sub-WRUAs on the lower side of the basin in Talek, Mara which has always been a challenge to reach. Successful completion of the WADA project which was funded to the tune of $45,000 for limited water and sanitation project. Successful proposal submission to USAID for a similar project to the tune of $ 40,000 for the year 2011. The Association won the prestigious Equator prize award 2010 and the International Riverprize 2013recognition for our efforts in conservation within the Mara basin. The Association has so far been able to form 40 Catchment Management Groups (CMGs). These are common interest groups spread within different zones within the basin who implement conservation activities in the local villages. Through these the Association has been able to attend to various water resources management within the basin. Within the seven years of existence the groups have grown from 15 in 2004, 27 in 2008 and currently 40. The populations within the basin vary thus numbers differ from village to village or community to community. There has been some progress in the policy formulation for a trans-boundary water policy which the government is currently working on and this will anchor in to low guidelines to be followed in users managing trans-boundary water resources. This is as a result of the efforts in the formation of the Trans-boundary water forum. This initiative is also being spearheaded by the Lake Victoria Basin Commission(LVBC )under the East Africa Community (EAC) in their Mara River Basin projects arising from recommendations from studies on EFA and BSAP spearheaded by WWF, GLOWS, FIU, and Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA). WRUA Management Structure Has a board of 17 members representing different areas and interests within the basin from the three main tributaries: Amala, Nyangores and the main Mara. • Registration is as per the categories and renewable every year: individuals- Kshs 100, Institutions- Kshs 1,500 and commercial interest- Kshs 3,000. Key Partners of MRWUA -Mara River Basin Community -WWF- World Wide Fund for Nature -NEMA- National Environmental Management Authority -MOA- Ministry of Agriculture -WRMA- Water Resources Management Authority -Research organizations. (GLOWS, FIU)

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