Tapping water resources and their potential in the arid and semi-arid lands

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Tapping water resources and their potential in the arid and semi-arid lands

04 December 2014

The arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) of Kenya comprise 89% of the country’s surface area and are home to 14 million people. Water, and its effective management, is critical to sustain human and animal populations and to unlock the development potential of the zone.

Jillo Osore and Sake Jabo returning home after walking for 12 hours to collect carrying 20 litres of water, Marsabit, Kenya. Photo taken by Concern Worldwide

This report uses Marsabit County as a case study to analyse issues around water resources in the ASALs.

Here is an extract from the introduction to the full report, which can be downloaded at the link below:

Findings from the study were to create a clearer picture of water availability, quality and the institutional arrangements for its management in order to guide capacity development, investment and advocacy. This brief provides an overview of the study and presents policy recommendations based on the findings.

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Tapping water resources and their potential in the arid and semi-arid lands

The arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) of Kenya comprise 89% of the country’s surface area and are home to 14 million people. Water, and its effective management, is critical to sustain human and animal populations and to unlock the development potential of the zone.