Integrated Management of Natural Resources for Resilience in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (IMARA)

IMARA seeks to revitalise and preserve rangeland assets for the benefit of the current and future generations through diversified livelihoods and improved natural resource management and use in Kenya's Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs).

Funding: Government of Sweden, World Vision Australia  (Match Fund).

Partners: World Vision Kenya (WVK- Lead), Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Focal Reach in Kenya: 

  • Isiolo County: Oldonyiro, Nasuula, Nakuprat-Gotu, Biligo and Bulesa
  • Samburu County: Suguta, Amaiya, Maralal, Lodo Kejek, Baawa,  Kalama, Sera, Waso West, Wamba East and Wanba North
  • Marsabit County: Loglogo, Laisamis and Selected locations in Korr/Ngurnet Wards
  • Laikipia County: Mukogodo East and West Wards

Duration: 3 Years (July 2018 – July 2021)

Budget:  Government of Sweden (USD 9,405,354) and World Vision Australia (USD 642,185) 

Programme Objective: Increase the resilience of marginalised households to climate-change-related shocks through diversified livelihoods and improved natural resource management and use in the ASAL Counties of Isiolo, Laikipia, Marsabit and Samburu by 2021.

 Programme Outcomes:

  1. Secure livelihoods and strengthened market systems (including for women and youth) that support sustained natural resources management
  • Opportunities for diversified livelihoods created and/or expanded in a way that promotes sustainable natural resources management
  • Improved markets and market linkages for sustainable Natural Resource Based products
  • Increased access to financial services for targeted communities, including youth, women and other value chain actors
  1. Sustainable management and rehabilitation of land, forest and water sources for strengthened ecosystem services.
  • Enhanced rangeland and forest management
  • Increased access to water and protection of water resources
  • Improved capacity in disaster risk management
  • Promotion of sustainable and renewable energy options
  1. Strengthened governance systems and structures for sustainable natural resources management at community, county and national levels. 
  • Improved social accountability and governance of natural resources at local level
  •  Strengthened engagement on review and development of natural resources management policies, legislations and strategies
  • Strengthened engagement for increased budget allocation and technical support for natural resources management nitiatives at county and national levels
  • Reduced natural resource-based conflicts within, and in neighbouring project areas
  1. Program monitoring, evaluation, accountability, learning and research effectively co-ordinated.

Key Strategies:

  • Gender and social inclusion: Involvement of women and youth in program interventions
  • Bottom Up Approach: Working with local structures and building on existing systems, structures and programs with a view to strengthening them and enhancing their capacity to deliver their intended impacts
  • Capacity Building: Enhancing community knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices necessary to drive and sustain the initiatives supported.
  • Market Systems Development Approach: Building the capacity of local market actors, fostering trust-based relationships between actors, and aligning their incentives to unlock new market opportunities
  • Local Value Chain Development: Mapping and analysis of value chains to determine the opportunities, barriers and critical actors in the various stages, in order to identify the required interventions
  • Community based natural resources management: Once supported and given the opportunity, communities are better placed to conserve natural resources.
  • Right Based Approach: Entrenching the culture of public participation and social accountability at all levels for sustainable national resource management.
  • Conflict Sensitivity in Programming: Peaceful co-existence among communities is a key enabler for sustainable national resource management. IMARA will promote positive conflict resolution and do-no-harm/local capacities for peace principles in all its interventions.
  • Research and Learning: Systematic research and documentation will be enhanced as part of knowledge management as well as promoting adaptive program management.

Target Beneficiaries:

Directly: 19,720 households (118,321 people) and indirectly: 16,302 households (97,813 people).