Earlier this month our participatory, inclusive planning and implementation project continued in the village Olmolog as it heads to its final stages. This project aimes at building community resilience for Maasai communities in Longido District.
The project “Participatory and inclusive planning and implementation: A capacity enhancement approach for community resilience and sustainable development in western Kilimanjaro-Lake Natron ecosystem” is intended to enhance capacities of the smallholder farmers and pastoralists so that they become resilient to impacts of climate change and variability.
In this UNDP funded project we cooperate with the villagers on rehabilitating their only water spring, which is serving more than 4500 inhabitants. The spring offers water for both domestic and livestock uses but is severely stressed by environmental degradation and climate change. As a result this community is constantly exposed to staid water scarcity. Rehabilitation work has involved construction of steel-wired fence and spring concrete lids to protect the source from human activity and wildlife intrusion. Additionally it has an emphasis on planting water-friendly trees and crops for environmental repair, that will ultimately upsurge the volume of water discharged from the spring.
The project capitalized on the prior inter-disciplinary knowledge of the trans-boundary landscape, which has been well studied, and it focuses on the ecologically linked cross-border ecosystems particularly Amboseli National Park and Lake Magadi, which dominates the Western Kilimanjaro and Lake Natron surroundings (Mwanga et al, 2016). We are tackling problems rooted in resource management and use while linking them into national guiding policies and plans. We are bringing together different stakeholders to protect the ecosystem and natural resources (especially water sources) and to ensure the recognition from local to national level. This is the prerequisite of this intervention and should be an on-going practice. We want to enhance the capacity of existing innovative and alternative means of incomes. That integrates landscape planning, use and development with appropriate ecosystem management. Furthermore we are challenging gender mainstreaming in climate smart actions as well as natural ecosystems management and use.