Improving Water Safety and Security in the Mara River Basin, A WRA and MaMaSe Partnership



Date: 10/10/2016

The Mau Mara Serengeti (MaMaSe) Sustainable Water Initiative, is a an initiative aimed at improving water safety and security in the Mara River Basin to support structural poverty reduction, sustainable economic growth and conservation of the basin’s ecosystems. The MaMaSe project is a 4 year project that commenced in the year 2014 and ends in 2017. The WRA and MaMaSe partnership also runs for the same duration of time.

The MaMaSe initiative is divided into 5 Result areas as illustrated below.

Result area one under the MaMaSe project involves development of a sound water allocation plan for the Mara basin besides strengthening capacity of water resource management organizations involved along the Mara River basin. Stakeholders, including WRA, involved in result area one convened in Narok on 10th October 2016 for a consultative meeting to review findings from the 7 abstraction surveys which had been undertaken between September and December 2015 along the Mara River Basin. The group involved representatives from UNESCO-IHE, Water Resources Authority (WRA), NELSAP (Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program), different Water Resource Users Associations WRUA’s, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and representation from Narok and Bomet Counties.


Sub catchments of the Mara River where the abstraction survey was undertaken; Talek, Lemek, Sand River, Mara, Nyangores & Amala

With the support of MaMaSe, WRA undertook the abstraction survey. This involved identifying key users, quantifying existing water demands in relation to water allocation permits and quantifying river flows in relation/ comparison to the existing water demands in Mara River Basin. According to Water rights officer WRA; the training support provided by MaMaSe’s lead partner  UNESCO-IHE which included modern water survey equipment and  the open data kit (ODK), made the excise much easier as data obtained was more accurate since it was directly digitalized (compared to the manual transcriptions done before). Hence the risk of altering data was eliminated. According to findings from the reports, water in these rivers was used for public, domestic, institutions, livestock, tourism, wildlife and industrial users with a total of three hundred and nine abstracters in the Mara sub-basins.


Participants at the stakeholders workshop held on 10th October to review findings from the  abstraction surveys