Applying the Water-Energy-Food Nexus to promote Ecosystem Based Adaptation in the Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment, Kenya

In Kenya's Ewaso Ng'iro North Catchment Area (ENNCA), climate change impacts such as increased severity and frequency of floods and droughts are being exacerbated by rapid changes in agriculture, energy systems, water and land use. This leads to increased water abstraction, land degradation and deterioration of ecosystem health, ultimately threatening water, energy and food security. The project addresses knowledge gaps on the impacts of climate change. It will facilitate the production of knowledge on the impacts of climate change on water, energy, agriculture and land use, and the benefits of ecosystem-based adaptation. This will be done in partnership with the county governments of Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo, Meru and Nyeri, their local communities, private agribusinesses and NGOs. The project promotes cross-sectoral collaboration to support decision and policy making.

Project data

IKI funding
876,526.00 €
01/2022 till 12/2024
Implementing organisation
Stockholm Environment Institute
Political Partner
  • National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) - Kenya
Implementing Partner
  • Center for Training and Integrated Research in ASAL Development (CETRAD) - Kenya
  • Merti Integrated Development Program (MID P)
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung e.V. - PIK) - Germany

State of implementation/results

  • The partners, including CETRAD, MID P and PIK, with political support from the NDMA, are in the process of mapping key stakeholders (government departments, grassroots organisations, communities, civil society groups, and private sector enterprises) involved in the water, energy, and agriculture/food sectors in the five Counties of the Ewaso Ng’iro North River Catchment (Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo, Meru and Nyeri).
  • The partners are also gathering relevant data and information to establish the baseline for ecosystems services and vulnerabilities of the social-ecological systems in the watershed. The focus is on water and energy systems and how these relate to changes in land use, human population and climate in the study area. The data gathered will be used for modelling of water-energy-food scenarios using SEI’s WEAP (Water Evaluation and Planning) and LEAP (Low Emmissions Analysis Platform) toolkits. A WEAP and LEAP training is scheduled for early 11/2023 following a high profile public showcase of the project.
  • Project partners have kick started the project implementation activities following the signing of the grant agreement in 01/2023.
  • A Review and Planning workshop hosted by CETRAD took place in 12/2022 in Nanyuki where partners discussed the modalities for implementation of the project, undertook an exercise to map key stakeholders at the local, county, national and international levels, and updated the project implementation workplan.

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