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Mission Statement

The Lake Naivasha Riparian Association (LNRA) Kenya

Protecting the environment for the community by the community

The Association

Founded in the 1929 by the landowners surrounding the lake, its purpose was to adjudicate the marginal land that is covered and uncovered by the changing level of the water – The Riperian Land.
Today the LNRA has put in place a management plan to control forces that threaten the lake’s quality and beauty, and its purpose is to try and implement this plan.
The shoreline is almost entirely in private hands; the lake itself is a national asset and the lake is a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. The LNRA members are its custodians and are charged with a moral responsibility for ensuring its survival for future generations.

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The Lake

Lake Naivasha is the only fresh water lake in the Rift Valley in Kenya.
150km2 of surface area but only on average 6 metres deep
Water volumes vary significantly according to natural cycles
50 million cubic metres in dry cycles
150 million cubic meters in consecutively wet periods
During extended droughts, it has been known to dry out completely.
The main source is the malewa river, supplemented by being in the shadow of the Abadare mountain range.
Despite having no surface outlets the lake stays fresh due to water flow through the basin underground.

The Members

Members come from a diverse range of sectors;
» Tour operators
» The Kenya Power Company
» Ranch owners
» Flower Growers
» Small farmers
» Cooperatives
» The local Municipal council
» Land owners on the shore of the lake
There are nearly 140 members, representative of the diverse economy and lifestyle around the lake.

Goals and Ambitions

TO COORDINATE AND PLAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE VACINTIY OF THE LAKE AND CATCHMENT AREA IN ORDER TO DETER PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE ECOSYSTEM

Coordination: The enormous contribution to the economy the lake makes to the Kenyan economy bears a significant influence on the plans and ambitions of the LNRA
The LNRA’s plan is based on extensive consultation with the local community, and its mission is to strive to execute:
» Sustainable development
» Wise use of resources
» Voluntarily adopted sectoral codes of conduct - supported by science
Successes to date: Following the initiation in 1997 of an ongoing hydrological study of the lake and its catchment area, the horticultural growers are now:
» Putting in drip feed irrigation
» Water meters
» Controlling their use of pesticides
Codes of conduct for the horticultural, power generation, fisheries, tourism and livestock industries have been written.
The Municipal Council’s sweage treatment plant is being restored.

The management of the lake will continue to evolve as land management and technology improve. Its success will depend mainly on awareness of the immediate stakeholders and the wider community.
Everyone can help.