Mt Kenya East

The Pro-poor rewards for environmental services in Africa (PRESA) project at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has been instrumental in providing evidence on the effectiveness of the Payments for environmental services (PES) initiative which aims at rewarding communities that protect /provide essential environmental services. PRESA  has been operating in eight sites in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Guinea since […]

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Apr 12, 2012 By Lucie Andeltová edited by Judith Nzyoka The direct approach of PES has the potential to promote conservation and sustainable use of ecosystem services and biodiversity and at the same time offers spectacular cost-savings relative to less direct approaches – thus making a more efficient use of available conservation finance (OECD, 2010; Ferraro […]

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Unsustainable land use decisions and agricultural practices by landholders are responsible for watershed degradation. However, landholders have little or no incentive to change their ways by adopting sustainable land use practices. That much is already known. Little is known about landholder attitudes and preferences related to alternative land management schemes. Which practices do landholders prefer, and […]

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PRESA is carrying out a study on the drivers of land use change in the Upper Tana catchment, specifically, the Kapingazi River. Knowledge of the forces driving land use change will help inform policy interventions needed to enhance ecosystem services in the Upper Tana River catchment.

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Mount Kenya forest contributes almost 49% of the water in the Tana, the country’s biggest river. In turn, Tana River generates half of Kenya’s electricity through a series of state-owned hydro electric power stations built along its course. At the same time, the Tana supports irrigated agriculture, fisheries, livestock production and biodiversity conservation especially in […]

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The work of the PRESA project could form the basis of a larger programme by partners in Mount Kenya East who aim at conserving the entire Tana River catchment in central Kenya. A reviewer from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) was in Kenya late July to find out exactly how payments for watershed […]

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PRESA is currently evaluating data from the Kapingazi River Basin, following a socio-economic survey done in October 2009. The survey will contribute to the design of a river care programme that will enhance watershed services from the upper Tana River basin. The Tana, Kenya’s largest river, powers a series of hydro electric power stations as […]

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By Nestry Ndichu This story describes how a river that had dried up was revived through an integrated intervention approach by four government ministries. The river basin can now support the people living in it. The concept employed is the bottom-up approach. The community analyzed the problem through a participatory rural appraisal exercise and the […]

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