Enhancing community resilience and water security in the Upper Athi River Catchment Area, Kenya

Enhancing community resilience and water security in the Upper Athi River Catchment Area, Kenya

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 07 Oct 2021 at B.30
  • Est. completion 19 Jan 2028
  • ESS Category Category B

Water security is a key issue for Kenya.  The country has limited freshwater and faces chronic water scarcity and high rainfall variability, which are worsened by climate change impacts.  The Athi River Catchment is the least water-secure region in the country with most of its tributaries having significantly reduced or dried-up river flows.  Due to the reduced availability of surface water, reliance on groundwater has increased to meet the water demand. 

The project aims to increase water security and strengthen communities’ resilience to climate change in Kenya’s Upper Athi River Catchment area.   This will involve integrated water resources management and investment in water supply infrastructure in four vulnerable counties. Interventions include hydrological and meteorological information management; installation and rehabilitation of water infrastructure; and strengthening planning and regulatory frameworks for water resource management.

Total project value






Result areas

Project timeline


03 Nov 2016 - 1800 days

Funding proposal received

03 Nov 2016

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

01 Apr 2020

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

07 Sep 2021


07 Oct 2021 - 835 days

Approved by GCF Board

07 Oct 2021

Cleared by iTAP

07 Oct 2021

FAA executed

08 Oct 2021

Under implementation

19 Jan 2024 - 90 days so far

FAA effective

19 Jan 2024

To be completed

19 Jan 2028 - 1,372 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

One priority group

  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing

GrantUSD 9,526,603
Total GCF Financing
USD 9,526,603


Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 242,560
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 220,820
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 10,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 473,380

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Accredited Entity

National Environment Management Authority of Kenya
Mr. Mamo Mamo

Director General
Eland House, Popo Road, off Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone +254 725746493
Dr. Anne Omambia

Deputy Director
Eland House, Popo Road, off Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya
Mr. John Wafula

Deputy NIE/AE Coordinator
Phone +254 724 253398
Phone +254 735 013046
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National Designated Authority

The National Treasury
Dr Chris Kiptoo Primary
Principal Secretary
Treasury Building 12th Floor, Harambee Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone +254 20 224 0051
Mr. Malik Aman Secondary
Programme Manager, National Coordination (FLLoCA)
Phone +254 720 771774
Mr. Peter Odhengo Secondary
Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Finance
Phone +254 722 984 992
Mr. Hillary Korir Secondary
Senior Economist
Phone +254 722 644736

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