Upper Tana Catchment Environmental Education and HIV Programme

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Upper Tana Catchment Environmental Education and HIV Programme

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This is a programme Funded by COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST FUND (CDTF) with support from EUROPEAN UNION AND DANIDA.

 Overall objective:

To support Upper Tana Catchment community in Poverty reduction through improved livelihood systems and the Conservation of Community natural resources and initiatives for enhanced environmental management and governance.

Specific objectives:

a)      To improve the livelihoods of the Upper Tana Catchment Community through improved energy efficiency and reducing poverty;

b)To enhance forest conservation through participatory community level awareness and   capacity building for sustainable use and management of natural resource and HIV AIDs in the Aberdare ecosystem

c) To strengthen the capacity of the Upper Tana Catchment Community in the fight and management of HIV/AIDS through community mobilisation and VCT

This project hence, seeks to enhance sustainable conservation and use of natural resources for improved livelihood and incomes for rural households within the Upper Tana Catchment. It will thus help to:

  i) Mainstream sustainable environmental management into community prioritized development initiatives and facilitates wider adoption of sustainable ecosystem management practices.

(i)  provide local environmental benefits by promoting sustainable catchment management practices as well as in adapting to climate change;

(ii) Contribute to income generation and poverty reduction by improving productivity as highlighted in ERS, PRSP. It supports a community-based approach targeting to reduce rural poverty in Tetu through investing in environmental conservation and prioritized community projects.              

(iii)                 Beneficiaries of the project                                                                                   

Women

Direct

6472

Men

Direct

6274

Youth

Direct

8000

Elderly

Direct

3000

People with Disabilities

Direct

2000

Orphans

Direct

4000

Children

Direct

3500

    Total

 

33,246

 Aberdare Ecosystem is a critical water tower targeted for protection. The ecosystem is threatened by a plethora of climatic change induced shocks, factors and activities.

Upper Tana catchment lies on the eastern side of Aberdare Forest, which supports the Kenyan economy. Stretching for 125km from Nyahururu (north) and Limuru (south), the forest covers the bigger part of the range with various vegetation zones.  It is the main catchment for Sasumua and Ndakaini dam which provide water to Nairobi’s over 3 million inhabitants. The eastern slopes are the catchment for the river Tana, Kenya’s largest river which supplies water to the seven folks hydro electricity power plants that generates over 55% of Kenya’s power output. Tana also supports various irrigation schemes in Mwea, Bura and Tana delta irrigation schemes. The south-eastern slopes form the catchment of Athi River while the northern slopes are the catchment of Ewaso Nyiro River with Malewa River from the North western side sustaining Lake Naivasha. Over time, population increase, human encroachment and other poor management systems have resulted in the destruction of the ecosystems resulting in habitat and biodiversity loss.

 

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