New trees and rehabilitation areas in Gambella, Kenya
A total of 1,400 native trees were planted in the Gambella region, in Kenya, as part of a collaborative effort to restore the 65-acre wetland. After the seeds were planted last December 2023, the Wetland Management sub-committee took on the task of ensuring the successful growth of the plants. Established a month earlier, in November 2023, the sub-committee comprises riparian landowners, local administration members, and is also supported by the Water Resource Users Association (WRUA) of the Waso Mara catchment and the local community.
Located in Meru County, the Gambella wetland and springs play a vital role in the region, especially during the dry season. They benefit both nearby and distant pastoralist communities. However, due to overutilization, mismanagement, and climate change these environmental assets have been heavily affected. At the Wyss Academy, we are working closely with our partner CETRAD, and collaborating with local stakeholders to formulate a shared vision and implement various interventions aimed at protecting the remaining parts of the region, including the crucial main spring of the wetland. Additionally, we aim to create an inventory of water resources.
The rehabilitation initiative for the Gambella wetland started with a sensitization meeting in November 2023, involving communities and stakeholders from Meru and Isiolo Counties. This comprehensive planning effort emphasized the critical need for protection and restoration, resulting in a consensus among participants. Our collaboration extends to various stakeholders in Kenya, such as local communities, riparian landowners, the Kenya Forest Service, the Kenya Meteorological Department, the Water Resources Authority, the National Environmental Management Authority, and the National Land Commission.
To address water supply beyond the wetland, infrastructure locations have also been identified. Other ongoing activities include hydro-geological surveys, environmental impact and topographical assessments