Biodiversity and agribusiness side by side
Over the last fifty years, the Lake Naivasha catchment has seen a seventeen-fold population increase and explosion of aquaculture and the cut flower industry. The lake is an area of significant biodiversity: it is a designated RAMSAR site along the African flyway, a crucial stopover point for migratory waterfowl. Growing concerns about environmental degradation and a 2008-2009 drought spurred the government to create Imarisha Naivasha, an entity that convenes a variety of stakeholders in the name of integrated landscape management.
Improving through targeted investment
Imarisha means “improve” in Swahili. The organization’s work is to conserve forests, biodiversity, and key environmental services by helping local industries improve their environmental impacts and by channeling financing to key ecosystem services stewards like up-catchment smallholders to reward good practices. A unique governance structure ensures equal representation for small fishers, vegetable farmers and herders along with the major industrial players.