Published On: Wed, Dec 17th, 2014

Kenya receives credit boost for Mwache Dam

Mwache Dam

Mwache Dam, Kenya

Kenya Bureau
NAIROBI – THE World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$200 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to Kenya to finance the multipurpose Mwache Dam.

This would enable the facility increase access to clean water supply,
sanitation and income generating activities through sustainable
agriculture practices in Kwale County.

The financing will support the Kenya Coastal Region Water Security and
Climate Resilience project, the second operation under an overarching
Kenya Water Security and Climate Resilience Program (KWSCRP), which aims
to build water security and climate resilience in the country.

Kenya’s coastal region, which is home to 3.3 million people, suffers from
drought and lack of rainfall during parts of the year and flooding in the
rainy season.

Poor water quality, rising sea-levels and increasing land degradation also affect local communities, which depend heavily on limited water resources for incomes, agriculture, tourism and electricity.

Diarietou Gaye, the World Bank Country Director for Kenya, said the
availability of clean water is crucial for millions of Kenyans fighting to
raise themselves out of poverty and was a priority for the country under
its Vision 2030.

“This project will help to reduce health risks posed by water-borne and
sanitation-related diseases, and in turn improve the economy and the
environment, all factors that are vital to reducing poverty and achieving
shared prosperity,” Gaye said.

Gustavo Saltiel, the World Bank’s Task Team Leader for the project, said
in addition to supplying nearly 70 million cubic meters of water per year
for Mombasa and Kwale, the project will increase resilience against floods
and droughts, address food insecurity and constrained growth throughout
the coastal region, ultimately benefitting approximately 1 million people.

“The project’s emphasis on improving the sustainability of the Mwache
catchment will integrate watershed management and conservation actions
with the needs of local communities to develop sustainable economic
activities as a step towards improving the quality of life for families in
the region,” said Saltiel.

Water supply in coastal Kenya is insufficient to meet the needs of people
and local businesses especially in Mombasa, which accounts for half of
Kenya’s coastal demand for water.

– CAJ News





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