The Ewaso Ng’iro North Development Authority (ENNDA) has been at the forefront of conducting ground-breaking technical studies that provide critical knowledge for basin-wide planning and development in the Ewaso Ng’iro North Basin. These studies have not only filled knowledge gaps but have also laid the foundation for informed decision-making and sustainable resource management in the region.

One of the most significant contributions of ENNDA’s research efforts is the comprehensive “Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment Conservation and Water Resources Management Study.” This pioneering study developed the first-ever geo-referenced database of the basin’s resources, providing a detailed and accurate spatial representation of the region’s natural assets. By analyzing current and future water demands, the study offered valuable insights into the pressures on the basin’s water resources and proposed strategies for sustainable water allocation. This research has become a cornerstone for subsequent planning and development initiatives in the basin.

Building upon the findings of the catchment conservation and water resources management study, ENNDA partnered with the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) to develop a visionary 30-year “Integrated Regional Development Plan (2010-2040)” for the basin. This long-term plan demonstrates ENNDA’s commitment to holistic and sustainable development, recognizing that the challenges faced by the basin transcend administrative boundaries and sectoral divides. The plan serves as a guiding framework for coordinated action, enabling stakeholders to work together towards a shared vision of prosperity and ecological balance in the region.

ENNDA’s research efforts extend beyond water resources management, encompassing a wide range of natural resources in the basin. The authority has conducted multiple studies and resource mapping exercises to assess the availability and potential of various natural assets, such as forests, minerals, and agricultural land. These studies provide invaluable information for informed decision-making, enabling policymakers and development practitioners to identify opportunities for sustainable resource utilization and conservation.

The impact of ENNDA’s research is exemplified by the successful implementation of the “Ewaso Ng’iro North Natural Resources Conservation Project (ENNNRCP).” This project leveraged the authority’s unique functions and expertise in integrated development and sustainable management to deliver tangible results on the ground. Through the ENNNRCP, ENNDA grew over 5 million tree seedlings in the 10 counties within the basin, contributing to the restoration of degraded landscapes and enhancing the region’s green cover.

The project also focused on the rehabilitation of critical water towers, with 500 hectares of degraded areas being restored. Recognizing the importance of riparian ecosystems, ENNDA planted over 1,000 hectares along the main tributaries of the Ewaso Ng’iro North River in the upper basin, including Ontulilili (300 ha), Sirmon (250 ha), Pesi (200 ha), and the main Ewaso Ng’iro River itself (200 ha). Additionally, 50 hectares were planted in Isiolo, demonstrating the project’s commitment to addressing conservation needs across the basin.

The success of the ENNNRCP highlights the practical application of ENNDA’s research findings and the authority’s ability to translate knowledge into action. By improving water resources management, promoting sustainable agricultural land use, and conserving forest resources, the project has made a significant contribution to the overall resilience and well-being of the communities and ecosystems in the basin.

ENNDA’s track record and niche expertise in research for development demonstrate its continued relevance and significant value addition in the Ewaso Ng’iro North Basin. The authority’s ability to undertake long-term, basin-wide studies and plans sets it apart from individual county governments and sectoral agencies, enabling a holistic approach to sustainable development. By generating critical knowledge, fostering collaboration, and implementing impactful projects, ENNDA continues to drive positive change and shape a sustainable future for the region.