The TWB-MRB program is a collaborative initiative between Florida International University (FIU), World Vision International, CARE and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to support governmental and local partners to support the improvement of water resource management for the benefit of both people and the world-renowned biodiversity in the Mara River Basin and Mara-Serengeti eco-region in Kenya and Tanzania, while also providing potable water, improved sanitation and hygiene to communities living in the Basin. This integrated water program seeks to achieve the following specific objectives:
- Achieve a transboundary agreement(s) to ensure water flows to sustain the human populations and biodiversity.
- Implement a coordinated and highly participatory program to facilitate improved and harmonized river basin management practices and policies to service multi-sectorial needs.
- Promote explicit biodiversity conservation results that go beyond positive externalities of an integrated water resources management (IWRM) activity, and to monitor indicators for biodiversity conservation.
- Increase access to safe water and improved sanitation while promoting better hygiene.
The innovative, cross-cutting work of the partners directly addresses the threats to the health of the human population through coordinated activities targeting all levels of government and civil society. By improving the health of the human population while working to maintain the world-class biodiversity of the Mara River Basin, GLOWS is creating clear linkages between water supply and watershed management that will enable long term sustainability of these investments.
Florida International University (FIU). FIU is the lead organization of the GLOWS consortium. The Institute for Sustainability Science, the Institute for Public Management, and other university units bring specialized expertise in community-based governance, sustainable watershed and ecosystem management, advanced training, and interdisciplinary analytical techniques as applied to IWRM. For more information visit http://www.fiu.edu
World Vision U.S. A Christian relief and development organization, World Vision works in nearly 100 countries to provide assistance in a variety of development sectors including emergency relief, safe water supplies and improved sanitation, food security, agriculture, and economic development. For more information visit http://www.worldvision.org.
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. http://www.care.org
World Wildlife Fund (WWF). WWF is the world’s largest and most experienced international conservation organization, with a Global Freshwater program working to promote policy reforms, best practices, conservation of wetlands and other critical ecosystems, and poverty reduction of dependent communities. For more information visit http://www.panda.org and http://www.worldwildlife.org