Catchment to Tap (C2T) project Kenya

  • Kenia

In December 2021, a five-year Catchment to Tap (C2T) national project was launched to enhance government efforts to improve water security through protection of key catchment areas with a focus in Nakuru, Embu and Homa Bay counties.
Funded by the Netherlands Embassy in Kenya, the C2T project will be implemented in partnership with World Waternet, VEI, Egerton University and other water stakeholders in the country.

The Catchment to Tap (C2T) programme has the goal of improving access and availability of clean and safe water in adequate quantities and sanitation services for all users, as well as enhance climate resilience and inclusivity in the water sector. This programme will contribute to this vision and impact through the goal of improved access and availability of clean and safe water in adequate quantities and sanitation services for all users, as well as enhanced climate resilience in the water sector, particularly for the WASH sector.

The Specific Objectives of this programme are:

  1. Enhanced resilience and sustainability of the WASH sector considering climatic and socioeconomic trends through increased synergies between WASH and WRM sectors, in particular aiming to build on past and ongoing Netherlands (NL)-funded projects;
     
  2. Enhanced capacity of relevant authorities in the WASH-WRM sectors in Kenya to develop and implement more integrated, coherent and collaborative nexus approaches to enhance and sustain water supply and sanitation for all; and,
     
  3. Enhanced knowledge and sharing of information on nexus approaches for the WASH and WRM sectors, considering lessons learnt, including from NL-funded initiatives with a preferred central role for Kenyan knowledge institutions.
     

The module activities will be implemented through an integrated approach centered around IWRMWASH.
Through participatory approaches with the communities, particularly women and youth, the team will co-design and implement three IWRM-WASH nexus demonstrations using a catchment approach, taking into account the human and climate induced changes degrading water source areas and impacting downstream users’ water supply and health outcomes. The catchment approach also facilitates the identification of bankable projects in C2T’s ‘opportunity window,’ and the team will support additional high potential interventions with technical expertise to demonstrate sustainable business models that can be invested in and scaled through external finance.

The team has engaged Water Resources Authority (WRA) from the start of the design process for this proposal and continues to engage them around a partnership. Each module’s design builds sustainability and ownership of IWRM-WASH through IWRM institutions.
The C2T team is uniquely qualified to implement this programme, including:

  • Extensive experience working in Kenya and the programme geographies;
  • WWF-Kenya’s strong relationships with IWRM institutions, communities, and the private sector, as well as sound catchment-level approaches to IWRM;
  • VEI’s well-recognized technical expertise in IWRM-WASH nexus projects, including strong relationships with the WSPs, WRA, and county institutions in Nakuru;
  • WWn’s pragmatic approaches and technical experience in integrated water cycle approaches for IWRM-WASH and climate resilience, and long-term partnership with the WRA on capacity development and institutional strengthening; and
  • Strategic sub-grantee roles from Acacia Water, bringing unique technical skills on IWRM-WASH nexus solutions, and CIWAB/Egerton University and KEWASNET, bringing on-the-ground experience, networks, and technical expertise for long-term sustainability of activities.

For more information please contact Jan Spit, Resident Project Manager in Kenia
jan.spit@vei.nl

Jan Spit
RPM VEI