Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation at the University of Nairobi Conferences

REACH CONFERENCE 2017

Date & Time: From 2017-04-03
To 2017-04-06
Description of Conference

The REACH Consortium held series of events in Kenya to discuss how water security issues can addressed to provide long term solutions for the droughts. The initial meeting was held in Naivasha from 3-5 April, 2017 where the global REACH members that included the researchers, PhD students and staff from REACH countries; Bangladesh, Kenya, Ethiopia, and UK, met to discuss climate change, gender and water related issues. The key discussions in this meeting yield the following concerns  Need to downscale global models and disseminate the information to users in simplicity  Different water management approaches are essential to meet increasing water demand  Gender main-streaming in water management is efficient in promoting water security  For small towns in fragile environments to be water secure, water quantity and quality should be addressed through proper water resources and sanitation management.  It is important to put research/ science in to action through collaborating with policy and decision makers. Following the Naivasha event, the REACH consortium participated further in two public events that were held on Thursday 6 April at UNICEF offices and the University of Nairobi. The high-level meeting at UNICEF focused on Drought, Decentralisation and Poverty in Kenya. Hon Wamalwa provided the members of the consortium with the latest information regarding the drought situation in Kenya. Further discussions included:-  Rainfall variability and drought risks in Kenya  Drought risks in the Turkwell Basin, Turkana County  Decentralisations and water regulation  Groundwater and drought risks in Kwale County  Institutions to benefit the poor in Kitui County Image 1: Andrew Trivett Giving the opening remarks at UNICEF --Photo Example Image 2: Hon Wamalwa Adression the Consortium on the Latest Drought situation in Kenya In order to obtain the regional view of drought situation, the REACH members from Ethiopia led the discussion on drought risks in Ethiopia, improving water security through sustainable land management in the blue Nile and water secure small towns. These discussions are important in determining the best way forward for Kenya in preventing future adverse drought events. The public forum at the University of Nairobi focused on informing the general public on REACH’s activities globally towards improving water security for the poor. The director of the Programe Dr. Rob Hope provided an overview followed by detailed description and activities carried out at each of the observatories in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya. Kenya has two observatories, Kitui and Turkana counties focusing on building water secure institutions and small towns in fragile environment respectively. Key discussions were :- Role of Climate science for improving water security for the poor- This discussion was led by Professor Richard Washington, Oxford University and Dr Gilbert Ouma, University of Nairobi. It was reported that climate science is important in informing the impact on rainfall and drought Reflections on the science and institutional support structures needed to enhance water security in fragile regions led by the following stakeholders:- • Representative, Ministry for Water and Irrigation • Representative, County Government for Kitui/Turkana on Water • UNICEF Kenya • Water Services Regulatory Board

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The Conference on Climate Change Innovation in Africa: - Climate for Sustainable Development June 24th – 26th2013

Date & Time: From 2013-06-24
To 2013-06-26
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