Towards groundwater security in Coastal East Africa

The problem: Groundwater resources in coastal East Africa are at risk from growing populations and from climate change. Groundwater resources need to be understood and monitored, and sustainable management approaches designed.

The approach: Hydrogeological desk studies and field studies at three case study locations. Monitoring of groundwater level and quality, and rainfall. Assessments of demand for and use of groundwater.

Key findings: Limited renewable fresh groundwater resources are under pressure from growing demands and from degradation as a result of human activity. Communities, and women especially, are willing to engage in better water management, if given the information and tools to do so.

Where? Kenya, Tanzania, Comoros

Consortium grant? No.

Principal Investigator: Professor Joy Obando, Kenyatta University

Research Team:

  • Mary Makokha, Kenyatta University
  • Jean-Christophe Comte, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Rachel Cassidy, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Nicholas Robins, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Isaac Marobhe, University of Dar es Salaam
  • Simon Melchioly, University of Dar es Salaam
  • Halimu Shauri, Pwani University
  • Ibrahimu Mjemah, Sokoine University of Agriculture
  • Kassim Ibrahim, Université des Comores
  • Ibrahim Mohamed, Université des Comores
  • Hamidou Soule, Université des Comores
  • Olivier Banton, University of Reunion Island/University of Avignon
  • Jean-Lambert Join, University of Reunion Island/University of Avignon

Research Organisations:

  • Kenyatta University (KU) – Grant NE/L001829/1
  • Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) – Grant NE/L001888/1
  • Pwani University (PU),
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA),
  • University of Dar es Salaam (UDS),
  • Université des Comores (UC),
  • University of Reunion Island (URI)
  • University of Avignon (UA)

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