Personnel in Kenya Office of Wetlands International Africa, together with other partners of the Ecosystem Alliance project such as Wildliving, Nature Kenya and ELCI among others, recently held a joint field trip, which was a first for the Alliance, followed by a workshop to identify synergies and integrate activities between partners in the Tana Delta and in Malindi.
The Ecosystem Alliance program in Kenya aims at strengthening CSO capacities and contributes to food and water security within the Tana Basin through the implementation of an ecosystem-based management approach and the promotion of livelihood strategies that will support sustainable economic development in the Delta.
The joint field trip and workshop were means to better understand activities carried out by local communities at the project sites as well as occasions for brainstorming on issues related to governance structure of the Alliance.
The Ecosystem Alliance project being implemented for about two years now, there was need to clarify the roles and expectations in the Alliance of each partner as well as share updates on the progress, achievements and challenges. The workshop was therefore a venue for such a forum.
As a result, participants were able to formalize and compile the July – December 2013 workplan that enlisted detailed activities and deadlines for each partner. Activities during the workshop also included tabling the way forward regarding SEA-LUP, the Tana Delta lobby plan, the Flexibility fund and the International Component of the Alliance.
In a bid to strengthen the project achievements, participants in the workshop agreed upon to revise the capacity building and communication strategy plan. This includes the production of a short documentary to be used to create awareness of the Ecosystem Alliance. Besides, considering the end of the program is not too far, a brainstorming session was carried out to discuss the sustainability, exit strategy and phasing out plan for the Ecosystem Alliance in the terms of the project activities and finances.
It should be noted that participants in the joint field trip and workshop include Anthony Maina Program Manager of Wildliving, Dominic Mumbu Project Manager for Nature Kenya, Julie Mulonga, Programme Manager, Wetlands-Africa Kenya Office as well as Frank van Weert, Technical officer, Wetlands International. Samwel Gichere, Technical and Policy Advisor ELCI, also attended the program.
Pape Diomaye THIARE
Communications and Media Coordinator
Wetlands International Africa
Phone: +221 33 869 16 81