A Consultancy Call to Undertake a Study on Shared Water Ecosystems in Siaya, Kakamega, Mombasa and Tana River Counties.
1.0 About Econews Africa and the Project
Econews Africa in partnership with Legal Resources Foundation Trust and Ujamaa Centre (Hereinafter referred to as the Consortium) is implementing with support from HIVOS the project “Voices for Climate Action (VCA) Project: Expanding the policy, financing and advocacy space for communities most affected by extreme climate through strong political and community agency” which seeks to strengthen weak systems of community resilience in the wake of climate variability through the mobilization of strong political and community agency that is rooted in promoting alternatives, securing human rights, and livelihoods, and improving health in order to expand the policy, financing, and advocacy space for communities most affected by extreme climate. In the long term, the project should build the leadership of women, youth, small scale farmers and marginalized communities to adapt and implement economic transition strategies that take into consideration the current and future risks.
Water is an important resource in national development and is a shared commodity among communities as well as wildlife mostly in rural environments. Climate change and water have a very close and complex relationship. According to the United Nations World Water Development Report 20201, climate change is happening now, and water is part of solution. The UN Water2 observes that water is the primary medium through which we will feel the effects of climate change. Changes in climate variability significantly affect water resources. For example, a rainfall deficit reduces soil moisture, river flow and groundwater recharge but the magnitude of these effects also depend on local conditions such as soil properties, geology, vegetation, water use and, more importantly, human activities and practices. Land use and land cover change, water regulation and withdrawal systems, water contamination are some other human factors that can be used to explain the linkage between climate change and water resources.
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