Regional Water & Sanitation Summit
The Kenya Regional Water Summit is organized to be a leading interaction forum in the water sector, with the understanding that water is a dynamic resource. Water summits will be held within topographical jurisdiction formerly known as water boards which share geographical and water source locations and are likely to suffer the same risks.
It will be a gathering of water sector players to discuss the opportunities, trends and challenges faced by the water industry
Water has increasingly been recognized as the key factor underlying sustainability and security of Kenya development. Factors like population, economic growth and climate change are increasingly driving demand and pressure on water. Water is not only an input material in development, but a scarce and strategic resource for economic growth and sustainability.
Water demand follows an upward trend and will continue into the future both at national, county and sectoral level. An improved understanding of water is important in guiding policy decision making at all levels of development. One of the biggest challenges is uncertainties in governance, interrelations and impact of water issues.
Kenya has achieved remarkable economic growth in the last decade. The growth path has been consistent with its robust performance in economic growth which has been supported by a stable macroeconomic environment, low oil prices, rebound in tourism, strong remittance inflows, and an ambitious public investment drive. The growth trajectory has been interrupted by drought which has led to crop failure, dying herds of livestock, and increased food insecurity, power energy (hydropower being the cheapest source of energy in Kenya). Poor rains increase energy costs and water as a production input. The effects spill over to other sectors resulting to inflation and persistent poverty.
Consolidation of water knowledge sharing is important aspect as a safeguard to water resources and ensure the country growth path is sustained through governance and economic growth. This will require regional and sectoral linkages and recurrent spending and improvements on domestic resource mobilization.