Ikolya River, dried up
On 6th October 2016, a half day project inception meeting was held in Kiima Kiu-Kalanzoni Ward, bringing together representatives of community groups with an interest in the conservation of the Ikolya River. Ikolya River is one of the rivers in Kilome Sub-County that is highly degraded due to sand mining.
The meeting was attended by 62 community members drawn from 40 different groups. The meeting was also attended by the area local chief and the Member of County Assembly.
ELCI project staff took the opportunity to officially introduce the project to the target community, explaining the scope, objectives and expected results of the 2- year project.
A lot of enthusiasm on the project was exhibited by both local community and the provincial and county leadership. The project comes at a time when sections of the community are putting efforts to carry out restoration activities such as building gabions as well county government efforts that include awareness creation and construction of sand dams.
The Negotiated Approach will be crucial in empowering the stakeholders and particularly the resource users in negotiating with other stakeholders to agree on trade offs.