Protection of Kathita River ecosystem and establishment of an indigenous and Community Conserved
Protection of Kathita River ecosystem and establishment of an indigenous and Community Conserved
Institute for culture and Ecology (ICE) is a national indigenous non-governmental organization started in 2006, and registered by the Non-Governmental Organizations Board (Reg. OP.218/051/2006/0218/4221). ICE is committed to buttressing traditional knowledge in community-based environmental and resource management initiatives and facilitating culture-based learning that would lead to social and ecological well-being of the earth community.

The specific objective and results of the project is as follows:
Primary objectives
• To initiate a process of recognition of Kathita River as a sacred river under UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage.
• To map out sacred sites along Kathita River and lobby for its recognition as a sacred river under UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage.
• To promote agro-forestry for sustainable livelihoods of communities along Kathita river.
• To build partnerships and consolidate a local lobby group on Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) in Mt. Kenya East Region

Specific results
• 125 km of riverine ecosystem protected and trees planted on the 200 ha protected
• 5 indigenous crops promoted for re-introduction by communities living adjacent to the river
• 10 sacred sites potentiated and protected to sustain the sacred nature of the Kathita river
• 100 households along Kathita river practicing agro-ecological farming adopt soil conservation techniques
• 10 community groups identified and strengthened to promote protection of Kathita river, prioritize cultural activities to revive for protection of the river and to lead in lobbying for recognition of Kathita as a sacred river
• Linkages formed and strengthened between local institutions of governance, Community Forest Associations, Water Resource Users Associations and government institutions on forest and water conservation.
• ICCAs working group up and running in Mt. Kenya East region.
• Basic ICCAs database developed for Mt. Kenya East region.

The activities to be carried include the following:
Community dialogues for mobilization; organizing local community, developing and strengthening leadership structures; developing lobbying materials on Kathita river; planting trees on riparian reserve of Kathita river; recuperating indigenous seeds and promoting agro-ecological farming practices to optimize farm production; promoting partnerships for lobbying on Kathita river; developing a media strategy for communication; and conducting strategy development meetings for the ICCAs group in Kenya.
This project is important to Meru and Tharaka communities since Kathita River is sacred to them and it is also a key source of water for their farming and livestock keeping activities.
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Project Snapshot

Institute for Culture and Ecology
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 15,375.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 16,500.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
All projects are considered to be “on track”, meaning there is potential for sustainability, and there are already considered to have a “good” prospect of becoming sustainable in relation to the stated objectives. The communities are also engaged in a variety of income generating activities. However there is need to develop Project exit strategies – these are as important as the project launch, but for a more fundamental reason – communities have to develop the capacity during project implementation to continue managing, deriving and evolving benefits from the project activities into what we call the ‘post project’ phase. Post project is defined as the period “after which no further external funding is available or when the project has achieved its original objectives”
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
Basic ICCA Databased developed for Mt. kenya East region. Linkages have been formed and strengthened between local institution of governance and ICCAs
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Martin Muriuki
Phone: 254 67 22373/0723684523


P.O. Box 270
Kenol , 01020

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Nancy Chege
(254-20) 7624473
(254-20) 621076
Ms. Salome Nyakundi


UNDP, P.O. Box 30218
Nairobi, 00100