Sasumua

By Judith Nzyoka Farmer’s Life, a for profit company in Partnership with ICRAF (PRESA) is piloting a conditional low-interest microfinance approach with farmers in Sasumua watershed as  an incentive to plant grass strips to reduce soil erosion and maintain agricultural yields.  Grass strips planted at intervals appropriate to the gradient of farm land have been […]

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May 23, 2012  By Judith Nzyoka New publications on payments for environmental services (PES) in Africa are now online.  Below are details and links to the publications: Designing an incentive program to reduce on-farm deforestation in the East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania Authors: David Kaczan, Brent M. Swallow, W. L. (Vic) Adamowicz and Heini Vihemäki. Despite […]

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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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Feb 16, 2012 by Judith Nzyoka Last week, PRESA’s (Pro-poor Rewards for Environmental Services in Africa) work to give incentives to environmental stewards was awarded the title ‘Innovation of the Week’ by an article featured by the World Watch Institute and Huff Post Green. The article recognized PRESA’s initiative to reward farmers for providing ecosystem […]

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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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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 last two months have been a busy time for PRESA at our site in Sasumua (central Kenya), as we discuss with stakeholders, including the local community, on how a payments for environmental services scheme should work. A series of meetings and site visits have been held to talk about farmers’ interests, government policy and […]

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Over 200 households in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, were interviewed in a survey by PRESA, to find out whether consumers of water in the city are willing to pay for watershed conservation. The survey, held from 19 – 26 October is part of PRESA activities of linking communities living in the catchment area of Sasumua […]

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Located at the southern ridges of Kenya’s Aberdare Mountain, Sasumua dam provides the capital city of Nairobi with 20 percent of its fresh water needs. However, human activities around the dam’s catchment are causing sedimentation and contamination by water pollutants. Pollution from small towns and farms results in a high bacterial count in rivers, abnormal […]

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