In the arid regions of northern Kenya, groundwater boreholes are providing increased climate resilience and water security. In this picture, local communities access water from solar powered borehole systems funded by USAID.
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Students from St. Scholastica Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, presenting their findings on relating varying weather patterns to malaria occurrences from mosquito habitat mapping within Lake Victoria region in Kenya during SERVIR East and Southern Africa 2019 Space Challenge for Primary and Secondary Schools.
Subject: Gordon Mumbo Location: Mara River, Kenya Date: July 10, 2018 Gordon Mumbo is team leader for the Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP), USAID’s flagship water program along the Mara River. According to Mumbo, this knowledge-sharing exercise is a two-way street; SWP educates communities on water risk and conservation, while the communities provide invaluable local perspective. It’s not just the atmosphere of transboundary cooperation that sets SWP’s work apart. It’s also the sense of ownership Mumbo and his team are cultivating in the people of the Mara, from community members to government officials to private sector representatives. “The river belongs to the people who live along it,” Mumbo concludes. “They understand the river better than anybody else. They will be able to own it and work with you at sustaining it. If you want to manage the river, you must involve the people.”
In the arid regions of northern Kenya, groundwater boreholes are providing increased climate resilience and water security. In this picture, nomadic pastoralists and their camels access groundwater.
Trees for the Future technicians and trainers undergo a weeklong Training of Trainers seminar before teaching farmers how to plant themselves out of hunger and poverty. The educational seminar focuses on the science of agroforestry and permaculture as well as how best to work with farming groups in a productive and effective way. Shirima (pictured) and the other technicians spend time learning theory and hands-on skills. By educating the trainers, Trees for the Future ensures that farmers receive the best education as well.
Women of the Laisamis Manyata village in Marsabit county in Kenya discuss climate variability, community vulnerability, and adaptation mechanisms in their community during an assessment exercise in the Northern Kenya Rangelands in 2018.
This photo was captured in Biliqo-Bulesa Community of Isiolo County in Kenya during a field assessment of community vulnerability and adaptation to climate variability in 2018. The Acacia tree under which they shelter at peak sun hours drop highly nutritious seed pods that the animals eat before they embark on grazing in the late afternoon or evening when the sun goes down.
Men of Merille Manyata village in Marsabit County in Kenya map their community resources as they discuss Climate variability, community vulnerability, its impact and adaptation mechanisms in their Melako community Conservancy during an assessment exercise in the Northern Kenya Rangelands in 2018.
Seedball germination - young acacia tree seedlings coming up strongly in an old charcoal making burn site near the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Southern Kenya.
Repairing and restoring the dry rangelands in Kenya is key to helping insulate these precious ecosystems from the worst effects of climate change.
Reducing the cost of doing it is a huge bonus!