Local and foreign conservation groups said Kenya’s third
largest river is grappling with profound ecological challenges which threatens
the survival of an estimated 1.5 million people in seven arid and semi arid
"The Ewaso Nyiro River basin is facing a number of threats chief among them
climate change and encroachment in the upstream. Population growth and large
infrastructure projects have also put enormous strain on this ecosystems," they
said in a joint statement issued in Nairobi.
Campaigners had last week organized a five-day caravan along counties sharing
the Ewaso Nyiro River basin to raise awareness on its ecological threats to
local communities, political leaders and investors.
They warned that tributaries that drain into Ewaso Nyiro River are drying up
at unprecedented rate due to intensive water abstraction by horticulture farms
located in the upstream.
"Erratic rainfall patterns have also affected water flow in the Ewaso Nyiro
"Pollution, illegal abstraction and cultivation along the river banks should
be acted upon to save it from extinction," the conservationists said.
Conservation groups have facilitated dialogue with local communities along
Ewaso Nyiro River basin to seek innovative ways to reclaim it amid rapid