Indigenous Movement for Peace Advancement and Conflict Transformation

Camel Caravan.

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Background

IMPACT’s mandate [v.] states that strengthening community climate change, adaptation, resilience ecosystem and landscapes management and restoration, camel caravan aims at advocating for peace, conservation and wellbeing of the rights of the indigenous communities. In the past few years, we have been concerned about how best to advocate for peaceful coexistence and conservation of Ewaso Nyiro River. To sufficiently influence policy makers, these indigenous communities need to be educated on the issues and involved in advocating for their rights.

The Ewaso Nyiro Camel Caravan is held every year to raise awareness of the challenges facing the communities living downstream, this is a five day trekking along the Ewaso Nyiro Ecosystem interacting with the local communities promoting coexistence and equitable sharing of the scarce resources. As the theme of this year 2nd -9th of August states ‘Saving Ewaso Ngiro-Promorting Cohesion and Securing Livelihoods of Communities in the Ewaso Ecosystem’, we aim to raise awareness on the need to conserve Ewaso Nyiro River being the main source of water in the semi arid region of Kenya mainly occupied by the pastoralists. Water volume has recorded a steady decline and at times dried up completely at some section resulting to bloody conflicts among the herders as competition for the limited resources intensifies. The unregulated extraction of water by the farming community upstream has contributed largely to the drying up of the river.

Objectives of the event
The purpose of this yearly activity is to;
    -To create awareness on the importance to conserve water catchment areas.
    -To create a platform for the indigenous communities to interact and embrace cultural diversity.
    -To bring different stakeholders and other government policy makers together.
    -To identify peace strategies that will help in mitigation of conflicts among the pastoralists communities.


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