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MASENO UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES PROJECT TO REDUCE FLOOD RISK IN BUNYALA


Participants at the launch of the Flood Disaster risk reduction project at the Kisumu hotel.

Maseno University has launched a technical project on Flood Disaster Risk Reduction that is to be implemented in Bunyala, Busia County. The project was launched on Thursday 12 May 2016 at the Kisumu hotel.

The project which will be implemented by Maseno University and funded by African Development Bank and will run for a period of 24 months at a cost of Kshs. 100 million.

It is to enhance the capacity of Busia County Government institutions, community organizations and other stakeholders to better manage risks and disasters associated with floods in the Budalangi area of Western Kenya and to reduce the impact of floods on local households and communities.

Maseno University’s Director of Research, Publications and Innovations Prof. Mathews Dida speaking during the launch said that the region is prone to flooding and reiterated the University’s support of the project because it will improve livelihoods of the local community.

“I am hopeful that the project’s success will bring focus to other areas that are also affected by floods for instance, the Nyando Basin,” he noted.

The project objectives are to develop a system for flood hazard and vulnerability assessment mapping to provide information for enhanced flood risk, disaster management in Busia County; integrate flood Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) into technical flood disaster forecasting and flood early warning systems for county level planning in local community organizations and to build the capacity of households and community groups on flood preparedness, response and participation in disaster risk management and information sharing.


Maseno University’s Director of Research Publications and Innovations Prof. Mathews Dida  addressing journalists during the project launch at Kisumu Hotel.


The project will enhance capacity of the local community to manage flood related risks and disasters and reduce the impact of floods. Relevant Busia County Government institutions and community organizations will be involved in the management and use of the flood risk disaster database for long-term tracking and management of interventions.

The project’s components are: Flood disaster and risk mapping and analysis in Bunyala Sub-County and capacity enhancement of county institutions; institutional capacity building for county and community organizations to use an integrated flood and disaster risk, climate change and ITK information; enhanced community participation in local level flood disaster management and project management and administration.

Participants at the workshop included Onesmus Maina, Patrick Owuori, David Mutuku, all from African Development Bank, Project Technical Lead Mr. Denis Opondo, Director, Public Relations Mr. Jaspher Otieno, Dean School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr. Felix Kioli, Dean School of Evironment and Earth Sciences Prof. Boniface Oindo among others.


Participants to the Flood Disaster Risk Reduction project pose for a group photo.

 

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