ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT AND PEACE BUILDING

Moyale district has absolute poverty level of 85% (both urban and rural) and this leads them to put more pressure on the already overstretched fragile environment. Many people mostly women and children are engaged in firewood and charcoal burning as source of income. Although livestock contributes 46.1% to household income in the district, this sector also contributes negatively to the environment. There is continuous overgrazing around the water points. The climatic variability in Marsabit county has reduced its capacity to support existing and emerging livelihoods, thus further aggravating environmental degradation. This is evidenced by increased soil erosion, reduction in pasture and vegetation cover, food insecurity, increased conflicts and insecurity -all contributing to increased poverty. Failure to identify community based development options that combine conservation and sustainable use of local natural/biodiversity resources in Moyale district, therefore will continue to exert considerable pressure in terms of relief food and other necessary basic social and economic infrastructure.
  • Environmental governance and sustainability

    ALCHA is currently implementing environmental governance and sustainability project titled "Expanding citizen engagement in reduction of human aggression on indigenous wood species" .Its overall goal is improved environmental governance and sustainability through collective community and government actions. The project strives to reduce human aggression on key indigenous wood species through community-driven environmental structures. ALCHA further advocates for sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. Natural resource governance structures such as Environmental management committees (EMCs), Water Resource User Associations (WRUAs) and "Deedha" councils are trained on resource use and management, policy and legislative frameworks on water resources, entrepreneurial and financial management skills. Advocacy on dry land farming techniques are carried out to prepare pastoralists for alternative forms of livelihood options. In collaboration with key environmental authorities, vulnerable charcoal burner groups depending on key indigenous wood species for livelihood through commercial charcoal burning, harvesting building poles and firewood for fuel are organized to form Community Advocacy Groups (CAGs) and Cluster Environmental Forum (CEF) to meet and collectively deliberate on amenable community-driven solutions against human aggression on key wood species that are already going extinct.

  • Peace-building activities

    ALCHA trains communities on conflict sensitive approaches to development, engages local leaders in discussion on issues of conflict, trains community leaders and CSOs on mediation skills, conducts peace procession/caravan in hotspot locations, supports community peace mediators on reconciliation dialogue in hotspot areas. The organization frequently holds interactive radio talk shows through local FM stations and disseminates spot messaging/infomercials through local media houses on peace and conflict resolution, conducts series of arbitration, mediation and reconciliation dialogues and monitors hate speech by public servants and political leaders that hinder social cohesion of pastoralist communities