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NCF: Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change through Environmentally Sustainable Water Resources Management in Isiolo District [NDF C3 B8]

8.05.2013
The project aims to increase capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change by enhancing access to safe water resources piloting innovative environmentally sustainable water systems in vulnerable rural communities in Isiolo District in Kenya.

Kenya
Community based adaptation to climate change through environmentally sustainable water resource management in Isiolo District in Kenya
Ref: NDF C3 B8

Nordic Partner: Danish Red Cross (DRC)
Local Partner: Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS)
Other Partner: Grundfos Holding A/S (Denmark)
Total Project Cost: EUR 653,044
NCF Financing: EUR 391,447
Agreement Signed: 15 October 2010
Project Classification: Adaptation (with some mitigation benefits)
Duration: 31 months (completed)

Project Objective

Increase capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change by enhancing access to safe water resources piloting innovative environmentally sustainable water systems in vulnerable rural communities in Isiolo District, which forms part of the arid and semi-arid regions in Kenya.

Description

Prolonged droughts in the Isiolo District have put great stress on the communities’ water supplies, sharply reducing livestock production and thus creating food insecurity (90% of the people in the area are dependent on food aid), and increasing the incidence of water-borne diseases. The project has increased access to safe water and promoted hygiene awareness for selected vulnerable communities while at the same time, through the use of modern and innovative technology (LIFELINK), reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. The project has ensured that more than 15,000 people living in the target area have improved access to safe water and 90% of them have improved knowledge on hygiene and sanitation issues. As a result, the percentage of people who have reported cases of diarrhoea has been reduced from 29% to 15% in the target areas.

Relevance for Climate Change

The project has built capacity in the drought-prone Isiolo District so that the communities are better equipped to adapt to the changing climate. In total 9 LIFELINK water systems have been established providing solar driven water pumps. In addition, the project has improved the local Kenyan Red Cross Society’s (KRCS) capacity on climate change adaptation measures by training 30 KRCS members on the basics of climate change, on the ways of adapting to it and on how to mainstream climate change into development programs. The project has mitigation impacts by replacing the diesel pumps. Approximately a total of 40 tonnes of CO2 can be reduced over a 15-year lifetime of the LIFELINK technology.

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer

The project has several innovative approaches. Nine LIFELINK water point systems from Grundfos have been established to provide safe drinking water. The heart of the innovative LIFELINK system is a well proven submersible pump driven by solar panels. The water pump includes a satellite link to a computer-based system with an integrated communication and surveillance module. The operating performance of the community water system can be monitored remotely and in case it breaks down a local service partner will immediately provide the necessary maintenance. Several water user committees have been established where altogether 65 committee members have received training in the LIFELINK system so that they can control of the day-to-day management of the pumps. The communities pay for their water via mobile telephones, which are already widely used throughout the country, and the user fees are utilised to cover the operating and managing costs. 29 volunteers have been trained in hygiene and sanitation practices and they have become trainers of trainers using the cascade method to transfer knowledge.

For more information

NCF Newsletter
Danish Red Cross
Kenya Red Cross
Grundfos LIFELINK