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The camel caravan

The camel caravan was initiated in 2013 by IMPACT_KENYA, MIDP with support from a handful of community members , Cordaid and Partners for Resilience and It has now grown to be a movement that include women groups, water resource user organisations, group ranch committees , over 10 organisations, support from County Governments. Be part of peace building movement.

6 communities’ Journey in promoting and advocating for protection and restoration of Ewaso-Nyiro River basin Ecosystem
&promoting peaceful co-existence among the communities in Isiolo,Laikipia and Samburu Counties who depend on this river as their lifeline.. Rivers can both unify and divide us. In a period of globally increasing human population, agricultural expansion, infrastructure development, and climate change, water resources in many contexts are becoming scarce, polluted, and contested.Water users,including communities, livestock &wildlife the public sector, and corporate entities, both upstream and downstream, often lack a shared understanding of the threats facing a particular river system and fail to effectively collaborate around integrated water resources management.This is leading to conflict and an escalation of the threats facing river systems.
There are now many initiatives across the world to promote learning, cooperation and unity between river users. One type of initiative is a physical journey of stakeholders along a river, often from source to sea, encompassing research, education and advocacy for river health. Examples include the World Water Peace Walks initiated by Rajendra Singh (World Water Prize Laureate 2015) and Michal Kavcik (Goldman Environmental Prize Winner)and scheduled to take place in water-stressed contexts on five continents in five years; and South Africa’s Mayday for Rivers uMngeni Source to Sea Walk.
Kenya’s Ewaso Ng’iro Camel Caravan is a unique example of a river journey initiative, based upon the pastoralist traditions of the indigenous people of the Ewaso Ng’iro river Basin Ecosystem. The Ewaso Ng’iro River finds its source on the north-western slopes of the iconic Mt Kenya and Aberdare ranges, and flows througharid and semi-arid lands of Laikipia,Samburu,Isiolo and Garissa Countiesinto the Merti Aquifer and Lorian Swamp, after which it passes through Somalia, joining the Jubba River. The Ewaso Ng’iro River supports livelihoods of approximately 3.6 million people.

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