Why the Summit

Gains for Counties working together
  • Avert tensions and disputes between counties. Strained counties/communities relations linked to water management can inhibit regional cooperation across a broad front, including trade, transport, telecommunications and labor markets.
  • Promote efficient techniques for water storage and distribution, expanding irrigation for food security and for the green revolution.
  • Stimulate resource mobilization.

Tackling water Challenge

The devolution brought about institutional arrangement. The water service board mandate was transferred to the respective counties for policy directions and implementation.

Nurturing cooperation in water management among counties with trans-boundary river basins, aquifer systems, same geographical challenges and water source will improve the resource management. Water management can reduce the risk of disasters, such as droughts and floods, ease unhealthy competition about water and improve policy alignment that benefits all counties. It will also help to build mutual respect, understanding and trust among counties and promote peace, security and sustainable economic growth.

Given the basic necessity of water to sustain life and its central role in the provision of a wide range of services, water is a crucial and cross-cutting factor in the SDGs. Active participation and cooperation of all sectors, levels of government, and civil society are critical for ensuring better management and allocation of water resources. While recognizing the differentiated responsibilities between each player.

Water should provide a reason for trans-county cooperation since the existing boundaries can’t not contain or demarcate the flow. The violence over water is seldom a strategically workable or economically viable option.