Natural Resource Management

Caritas Isiolo supports community level governance structures (ward planning committees and rangeland management committees) across 6 wards in Isiolo County. The community structures have been capacity build on various issues in collaboration with NDMA and line county ministries.

Rangeland management committees have also been engaged to promote rangeland management and improve livestock productivity, which will improve pastoralists livelihood and provide nutritional benefits and income to ensure healthy nutritional households in the ward.

Caritas Isiolo has supported the review of grazing plans in Sericho, Oldonyiro, Garbatulla, Ngaremara, Chari and Cherab wards to ensure compliance in grazing patterns. Grazing planning also aims to reduce resource-based conflicts and promote peace and harmony within the rangeland landscapes. Caritas Isiolo has embraced community based natural resource management approach to ensure participation in rehabilitation of degraded landscapes. Communities in Kawalash, Oldonyiro ward and Nomads, Burat ward have been engaged in rangeland rehabilitation through cash for work.

Caritas Isiolo has engaged ward planning committees in Sericho, Oldonyiro, Garbatulla, Ngaremara, Chari and Cherab wards to advocate for their ward development agenda through review and development of ward development plans. The ward planning committees have been supported to participate in the CIDP public participation forums to advocate for communities’ priorities.

Participatory rangeland resource mapping in Lakole, Cherab ward.

Climate Change

Climate change is a global challenge that has no borders. The main cause of climate change is global warming, which has many negative consequences on physical, biological and human systems, as well as other effects. Identifying that climate change cannot be avoided, Caritas Isiolo has centrally placed climate change mitigation approaches at the Centre of our approaches.

We seek to employ techniques that can mitigate the effects of climate change though application of small scale measures that help slow down climate change.

We are working with Isiolo communities to reduce and limit greenhouse gas emissions through investment and promotion of renewable energies i.e. Use of solar power in power in place of Kerosene, Energy saving Jikos to curb on excessive use of wood.

Looking as at a sustainable means of responding to climate change, we are focusing too on reducing vulnerability in the face of the effects of climate change through improving infrastructure and making facilities safer and more resilient, reforesting, water treatment and purification, flexible and varied forms of livelihoods.

Having in place policies that seek to protect the welfare and lives of communities is key in responding to climate change.

Community Conversations

Caritas Isiolo has adopted Community Conversations (CC) as one of its community engagement models. This is a facilitated community dialogue where members of a community come together and discuss the causes of their underdevelopment, arrive at resolutions, and plan for and implement actions to change their situation. The approach serves as a community mobilization and engagement platform for various sectors by facilitating communities to participate in advocating for key sectoral priorities that would help address community issues. There are 55 community conversation groups across Sericho, Garbatulla, Oldonyiro, Ngaremara, Chari and Cherab wards. Through CC, the communities have been able to participate in county planning processes such as the CIDP 3rd generation development. Malkadaka community advocated for water through the platform and a borehole was drilled thereafter, providing them with sufficient water. The health and nutrition team utilized the platform for sensitization of outreaches to address the low turnout during the service.

Community facilitators review meeting in Merti.