Joint Cross Border Integrated Water Resources Management Programme

Joint Cross Border Integrated Water Resources Management Programme in the Lake Chala - Jipe and Umba River Ecosystem; Tanzania –Kenya (A Framework for Sustainable Development)
Joint Cross Border Integrated Water Resources Management Programme on issues of transboundary waters (Lake Chala –Jipe and River Umba Ecosystems), including the entire Kilimanjaro ecosystem is based on the inter-linkages found within the system. Addressing the issues individually and separately (Tanzania alone or Kenya alone) would not provide any tangible results.

The trigger for the dialogue is based on the interest shown by the Pangani Basin Water Board in Tanzania and the Coast Development Authority in Kenya who held joint meetings on the utilization of shared waters of the lakes Chala and Jipe. The two institutions were seeking for possibilities of utilizing the water resources of the two lakes for various socio-economic activities and therefore held the first joint meeting on the issue at the CDA offices in Mombasa, Kenya in 1994 during which the need for a Management Needs Assessment of the Jipe Watershed was agreed. This workshop was supported by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). A study on Management Needs of the Watershed and Waters of Lake Jipe was carried out in 1995-1996 both in Kenya and Tanzania with financial support from IUCN.

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