The first phase of the project has been deployed in the ASAL Counties of Isiolo, Laikipia, Marsabit and Samburu, while the second phase has added the counties of Elgeyo Marakwet, Narok, Turkana and West Pokot. Most of the land in the program area is communally owned and the land use practices are mostly unsustainable. Again the increasing demand for diminishing resources compounded with the impacts of climate change necessitates an integrated approach for managing the resources for improved livelihoods, resilience and sustainable utilization.

IMARA Program, in addition to the ongoing efforts by national and county governments, is contributing to increasing the resilience of marginalized households to climate-change-related shocks through diversified livelihoods and sustainable natural resources management and use. The Program is anchored in County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP), National ASAL Strategies, Ending Drought in Emergencies (EDE) framework and SIDA’s strategy towards a healthy and better environment for all. The program is also putting in place effective partnerships at Community, County and National level.

Katerina biodigester

A biodigester installation in the county of Samburu in Kenya for clean energy access. Photo: SEI/Lawrence Nzuve

Goals and objectives

The IMARA project goal is “to increase the resilience of marginalized households to climate-change-related shocks through diversified livelihoods and improved natural resource management and use in the ASAL Counties of Isiolo, Laikipia, Marsabit, Samburu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Narok, Turkana, and West Pokot by end of 2025. This is now the second phase of the project (2022-2025). This goal will be pursued through the following:

  1. Achieve secure livelihoods and strengthened market systems (including for women and youth) that support sustained management of natural resources.
  2. To entrench sustainable management and rehabilitation of land, forest and water sources for strengthened ecosystem services laying emphasis on strengthening community and partners capacity in NRM and Disaster Risk Management, rehabilitation and revegetation of degraded lands including rangelands in the ASALs, increased water access coupled with protection of watersheds as well as promotion of and sustainable use of local energy sources and energy potentials.

Partners and funders

The Integrated Management of Natural Resources for Resilience in the ASALs (IMARA) project is implemented and coordinated by a consortium comprising World Vision Kenya as the lead partner and Northern Rangelands Trust and SEI. The second phase has now included Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA) and Saferworld.

The project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in Kenya.

Project team