Water Ambition: Kenya

Kenya is an important sourcing area for flowers and other crops supplied to the UK: 9% of the UK’s imports of brassica, cauliflower and broccoli, and 36% of the UK’s imports of beans come from Kenya.

Water Ambition project

The Courtauld Commitment 2025 Water Ambition project in Kenya will cover the key sourcing areas for UK companies. Courtauld 2025 signatories have identified Naivasha, Nanyuki, Thika and Nairobi as priorities. There is an established water stewardship project in the Naivasha basin, as well as work underway led by some businesses in Nairobi, so the project will look to build on existing work and expand the approach into new catchments.

The Lake Naivasha basin hosts over fifty large-scale horticultural farms predominantly for export, and over 30,000 smallholder farms predominantly for subsistence and local markets. One of the major threats to the basin is soil erosion resulting from poor land-use, riparian degradation and deforestation, which pollutes the rivers and lake, and contributes to lowering of lake levels.

The project will include a number of catchment-level activities to address the main drivers of water risk for businesses, communities and nature, as well as regional and national level advocacy work. We are currently undertaking some scoping work to inform our project plan.

At the catchment level, activities will include implementing supplier best practice, erosion control in headwaters, improving baseflows by promoting infiltration in headwater farms, and ensuring adherence to abstraction limits and allocations by improved monitoring and awareness raising.

At a regional and national level, activities include county-level government engagement, supporting civil society engagement in water resource management, and establishing effective Water Sector Trust Funds.

Under the Courtauld Commitment 2025 Water Ambition we will start with projects in a few catchments, all of which contribute to the advocacy work, and as more businesses join the group we will look to expand the work into new catchments.

Contact WWF to find out more and get involved.

Find out about other Water Ambition collective action projects here.