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Jul 31, 2012 By J. Nyongesa edited by Judith Nzyoka The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Kenya Country office) in partnership with CARE – Kenya has been implementing the phased Equitable Payment for Watershed Services (EPWS) scheme in within Naivasha where the third payment was done on June 21, 2012. The project in the Lake Naivasha […]

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By Elizabeth Kahurani PRESA’s work on Payments for Environmental Services (PES) at the Sasumua watershed in Kenya has resulted in the inclusion of PES as an effective water resource management mechanism within key government policy on water. The Pro-poor rewards for environmental services in Africa (PRESA) project at the World Agroforestry Centre has been instrumental […]

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A watershed moment

Mar 8, 2012 by Judith Nzyoka This week the Ecoagriculture PES Newsletter has featured updates on payment for watershed services initiatives of PRESA’s research of the policy and institutional arrangements necessary to implement PES, and the PRESA policy brief outlining lessons learned. “With about half of the Sasamua watershed under cultivation, and host to a […]

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The expansion of agricultural land to meet growing demand for food means that a lot of the water we consume flows from farms rather than from natural forest. Supporting communities that live in watershed areas is therefore critical to ensuring the continued flow of fresh water to cities, farms and industry. Kenya’s water policy is […]

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The PRESA project began in 2007 from the lessons and experiences of an older, similar project in Asia. That project is called RUPES (Rewarding the Upland Poor for Environmental Services). Since 2002, RUPES has been working with communities, researchers and policy makers in China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines and Vietnam. RUPES sees rewards for environmental […]

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There is growing interest in payments and rewards for environmental services in ensuring that watersheds continue performing their crucial, life-supporting functions. Nowhere is this interest more apparent than at the Sasumua catchment area in Kenya, which alone is responsible for 20% of the fresh water supplied to the capital city, Nairobi. Water from the catchment […]

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The Kagera River is one of the largest rivers flowing into Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water body in Africa. The natural resources of the Kagera river basin face increasing pressure as a result of population growth, intensification of agriculture and livestock activities and unsustainable land management practices. The Kagera river basin covers an area […]

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From the Guardian newspaper, Tanzania Livelihoods of millions in Dar es Salaam, Coast and Morogoro regions are threatened by illegal tree felling in Mamiwa Forest Reserve, which authorities admit they cannot stop. The illegal mowing down of trees at the reserve, which is a block in the Eastern Arc Mountains, is pioneered by a well […]

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Located in the western part of Kenya, the Nyando River flows from the Rift Valley highlands, supplying irrigation water to vast rice fields along the way before emptying into Lake Victoria. Severe problems of environmental degradation and poverty can be found throughout the Nyando basin. Soil erosion causes heavy sedimentation in the river, as yawning […]

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By Nyongesa Josephat 504 Kenyan farmers have received 799,724 Kenya Shillings (US$ 8,886) this year from industrialists and conservation groups around Lake Naivasha, for land use practices that ensure adequate flow of clean water into the lake through the Malewa River. The payments are the second for an environmental services scheme at the upper catchment […]

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