We are grateful to the supporters of our project Drought Intervention: Protecting People and Wildlife who have enabled our teams to mitigate the effect of significant water shortages across the Conservancy. As drought continues to grip Kenya, Ol Pejeta has strengthened water monitoring efforts by measuring and observing rainfall, boreholes, streams, and water use. Typically receiving an average of 800mls a year in rainfall (double the rainfall of landscapes north of Ol Pejeta), average rainfall in the last two years has fallen to 600mls. Coupled with excessive water extraction and unsustainable use further upstream has resulted in dry riverbeds on Ol Pejeta, in particular, there is little to no flow of River Ngobit. To mitigate the fallout for both people and wildlife, we are working closely with the Water Resource Authority (WRA) to re-establish some level of flow. We have also hired additional water browsers to distribute water to tanks and troughs serving local communities and wildlife, as well as established short-term booster pumps in the Southern Sector of the Conservancy.
Now more than ever, analysis of grass biomass and wildlife population numbers and dynamics carried out by Ol Pejeta’s Ecological Monitoring Unit (EMU) is critical. The team has recorded a high influx of animals through the wildlife corridors from the northern and drier parts of Kenya into Ol Pejeta, which in turn leads to increased pressures on our vegetation and water resources. By analysing grass biomass the team have established the water shortage has caused grass biomass to dip below the minimum threshold of 1,500kg/ha for the first time since 2016. This analysis has informed strategic resource and land-use management decisions around grazing, to ensure the landscape is sustainably used.
Your support in recent months has helped us to mitigate the impact of water shortages on the Conservancy. With your gift, we have supplied water to ensure both people and wildlife can survive, we cannot thank you enough. Asante Sana!
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