11/09/2017 - Camel Caravan Kenya, edition 2017

Since 2014, the event has attracted a number of stakeholders who are willing to join hands in saving the Ewaso Ng’iro River ecosystem. The 2017 event will be the third edition of the campaign and the aim is to double the impact and raise awareness of the risks facing the Ewaso Nyiro basin for collective support both nationally and internationally. In 2017 IMPACT and MID-P have mobilised their own resources to continue with this crucial campaign in order  to engage in policy dialogue for the protection and restoration of the Ewaso Nyiro River Ecosystem where PfR is currently implementing their project in Kenya. 

What is the campaign all about? The 2017 Ewaso Ng’iro Camel Caravan is scheduled to take place from the 11th to the 15th of September 2017. A number of registered volunteers and partners have already showed interest in participating in the 5 days’ walk as we sensitise river users on the need to conserve the Ewaso Ng’iro.

The event is an opportunity for all stakeholders to learn first-hand about the various threats to the river, including pollution, cultivation along river banks, climate change, and illegal abstraction of water upstream. It aims to show users how these threats affect people along the river, and are cumulatively contributing to poor river health, environmental degradation along river basin and water availability. It facilitates direct, face-to-face interaction between upstream and downstream communities and allows for the sharing of experiences, skills, information; addressing the risks faced by upstream and downstream users and agree on ways to reduce these risks thus leading to equitable sharing of the scarce resources and enhancing peace and harmony among the beneficiary communities.

During the journey, the two groups will get an opportunity to meet several communities along the river basin, experience the threatened ecosystems and reflect on the sustainable ways of protecting and restoring the ecosystems in a participatory manner. The Caravan will include all the communities residing in the 3 Counties; these are the Maasai, Samburu, Borana, Somali, Meru, Kikuyu, and Turkana communities among others.

The two PfR implementing partners have received immense support both locally and internationally for the 2017 edition. Cordaid through the PfR programme is providing the back-up technical support to the team. The two partners have managed to raise 3,000 Canadian dollar online and 1.4 M locally through their own locally initiated interventions. A website page have been developed to raise resource locally and internationally to support the Camel caravan campaign initiatives for the 2017 editions. 

For more information you can contact the Camel caravan secretariat at: impactkenya2002@gmail.com  or midp2003@gmail.com

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