Center Represents the University in the Restoration of Athi River

In order to reverse the worrisome declining trend in the quality of the waters of Athi River, WRMA with its stakeholders has launched a special program dubbed “ Athi River restoration Program” under the theme “ A clean Athi River: My Responsibility” ( Kiswahili: Usafi wa Mto Athi: Uhai Wangu, Jukumu Langu).

JKUAT took part in this initiative and was represented by the Director Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) Prof. Bancy Mati.

Prof. Mati, WRMA staff, students and locals during the launch of the Athi River Restoration program.

Prof. Mati, WRMA staff, students and locals during the launch of the Athi River Restoration program.

The fourteen falls in the Athi River; a tourism attraction just outside Thika town

The fourteen falls in the Athi River; a tourism attraction just outside Thika town

 

 

The program with the goal to protect water resources from diverse impacts in collaboration with stakeholders for sustainable development was launched on 9th March 2015 at the Fourteen Falls and presided over by the cabinet secretary Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources Prof. Judy Wakhungu.

Prof. Judy Wakhungu with other dignitaries during the launch of the Athi River Restoration program at the Fourteen Falls.

Prof. Judy Wakhungu with other dignitaries during the launch of the Athi River Restoration program at the Fourteen Falls.

 

In her Remarks the CS pointed out that the water resources and the environment in general have been degraded by human activities and that there is need to change approaches of doing things so as to safe our catchments. “We need to bring more stakeholders on board, protect water resources from pollution and enhance capacity for water resource protection”. Stated prof. Wakhungu

 

The occasion was attended by among others the WRMA, County governments, MPs, NEMA, Universities, schools and many other stakeholders of the Athi River catchment.

A section of Athi River at near the Fourteen falls (Photo taken on 9th March 2015)

A section of Athi River at near the Fourteen falls (Photo taken on 9th March 2015)

 

This is a five year program that intends to have a well conserved Athi River catchment with clean river water for people and nature.

 

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