Drought mitigation is simple, let’s embrace it

Recent admission by the State that close to two million Kenyans face starvation is alarming. There is water shortage in the country which can be linked to drought-a clear indication that the country is suffering from the ravages of climate change and more needs to be done to stem this looming calamity.

It is disheartening to see animals and human beings die from famine in this day and age when all these could be managed.

Doing around and donating food and water might seem feasible for a moment but we should not be oblivious of the roots causes of famine. While drought might be beyond the control of man, many scientists argue that some of the effects of drought could be managed by planning and proper strategies.

Only two percent of Kenya’s total surface is covered by water, therefore, this resource should be managed well.

Scientific reports say that drought is caused by global warming and climatic changes. Apparently, the causes of global warming in the region is preventable.

Climate change affects everyone. Its effects to our economy is adverse. It would have been more prudent for all the parties involved to make efforts towards overcoming the effects of drought a priority, now and in the future.

Locally there are laws, treaties, institutions and frameworks which stakeholders can enforce strategies to mitigate drought harm.

People, communities, societies and the nation can mitigate drought risk. The government through the National Drought Management Authority helps people plan for drought. Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) and Water Services Regulation Board (WASREB) oversees management of water resources and its provisions.

It’s just a few months before the wintry July comes, heavy rains and flood. Harvesting rain and conserving water should be a priority. We should understand our natural resources and start learning on ways we can conserve environment and prevent pollution.

It’s as simple as planting a more trees.



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