KVDA’s overall mission is to spur regional social-economic development in the region through sustainable utilization and conservation of natural resources by planning, developing and implementing as well as coordinating integrated basin based programmes and projects. Such envisaged development includes provision of hydro-power, water supplies for irrigation, domestic and industrial use and flood control as well as environmental conservation.
- Construction of water supply and conservation structures such as dams, wells, boreholes and water pans.
- Catchment conservation measures to protect river sources and regulate flows.
- Improved soil and water conservation management
- Afforestation, catchment conservation and establishment of woodlots
- Environmental conservation measures.
- Environmental Management and Conservation
The authority is involved in conservation of the following catchments in the region.
Lotikipi Basin – The catchment is in Turkana County
L Turkana Catchment – Climate change has lead to declining water levels.
Turkwell Catchment – This catchment is in West Pokot and Turkana counties. It is one of the water towers of the country.
Kerio River Catchment – It is in Elgeyo Marakwet county it is currently facing acute encraochment.
Suguta Catchment – It is in Samburu county it is faced with acute soil erosion due to overstocking.
Baringo-Bogoria Catchment – This catchment experiences soil erosion, land degratation and invasive alien species (Prosopis).
The Authority promotes sustainable environmental protection and natural resource management through implementation of conservation initiatives within Cherangany watershed catchment areas, developing water resources and storage; for irrigation, domestic and livestock use. The Authority recognizes that conservation and sustainable development of forest ecosystem and their associated resources is essential for lasting poverty reduction and sustainable development. Forest ecosystem are important in conservation of soil, water and biodiversity as well as moderation of climate