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ADF supports Natural Resources Management and Poverty Reduction in Kenya

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The ADF Board of Directors approved today in Tunis a loan of 13.59 million Units of Account (UA*) equivalent to US$ 20.53 million and a grant of UA 2.89 million (US$ 4.42 million) to finance the Ewaso Ng’iro North Natural Resources Conservation Project (ENNNRCP).

In Kenya, water is a very scarce natural resource and catchment conservation plays a critical role in its protection and sustainable use. The project, located in the 12 districts of the Ewaso Ng’iro North River (ENNR) basin, aims to contribute to poverty reduction through sustainable natural resources conservation and management. The project’s specific objective is to improve water resources management, agricultural land use, and forest resource conservation in the Ewaso Ng’iro North river (ENNR) catchment.

The project comprises three components:

  • Water Resources Development and Management
  • Participatory Catchment Conservation
  • Project Coordination and CapacityBuilding.

The area covered by the project embraces the poorest districts in Kenya. It is therefore expected that by improving the local people’s’ ability to responsibly manage the water and forest resources, the project will contribute directly in enhancing river flow and forest conservation as well as in helping to reduce poverty.

About 20% of the population of the project area will benefit directly from the project activities. The direct beneficiaries will include river water users associations, water and forest users associations, tree nursery groups, pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, beekeepers and civil servants.

Women are expected to make up about 20% of the beneficiaries. They will be involved as members of the different associations to be supported by the project. Women are also particularly concerned with raising tree nurseries and beekeeping activities, increasing significantly their income. Improving the availability of firewood and water will have a clear impact by reducing the burden on women’s labour in procuring these commodities.

The Bank Group's operations in Kenya started in 1967. To date, the cumulative commitment of the Group in the

Country amounts to UA 641.95 million, equivalent to US$ 983.46 million for 49 operations.

1 UA = 1.51083 US$ as at 01/04/2005

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