Lake Naivasha Sustainability : Ecosystem Improvement for Health and Wellbeing

Lake Naivasha basin located in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya is the site of increasing economic activity, especially floriculture. The floriculture industry provides economic benefits but increases the demand on ecosystem services. The industry and associated settlements depend on lake water for geothermal energy, household water supplies, irrigation, discharge and fishing. At the same time, the basin is being affected by climate change.

This project seeks to obtain a better understanding of watershed hydrology, chemical pollution and health conditions among residents and floriculture workers, including those related to chemical exposure and other environmental hazards.

The overall goal is to make recommendations for the sustainable management of natural resources in the basin to the benefit of both ecosystem and human health and wellbeing.

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Start Date

Thursday, November 5, 2009

End Date

Saturday, October 26, 2013


36 months

IDRC Officer

Gasengayire, Francois

Total funding

CA$ 569,120


Kenya, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Dr. Pamela Tsimbiri Fedha


Egerton University

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Project Leader

Charles Trick


University of Western Ontario

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