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Collective Action on Water Conservation in Kenya

Case study

Where water is scarce, it is particularly important that all the individuals and organisations relying on this precious resource work together to preserve it.

We have brought together key players from business, government and the environmental sector in a bid to build consensus on water stewardship around Nairobi, Kenya.

In 2013, Diageo and Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) completed an in-depth analysis of the water situation in key Nairobi watersheds, which firstly identified opportunities to conserve water and reduce the amount we withdraw for our operations, and secondly defined a plan for collective action with other major water-dependent industries and government and non-government partners in Nairobi.

Earlier this year, in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internatiionale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), we jointly convened The Nairobi Water Roundtable (NWRT) – which includes representation from BASF (Kenya), British American Tobacco (Kenya), Coca-Cola Nairobi Bottlers, Chandaria Industries, GIZ, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, KBL, Tetra Pak (Kenya), The Nature Conservancy, and the Water Resources Management Authority.

The Roundtable is now collectively pursuing projects to protect local watersheds, working together to influence government, and sharing best practice to conserve water. Projects include water reuse and recycling, local river restoration, aquifer recharge, rainwater harvesting and catchment management.

Nairobi Water Round Table

'Future investment in brewing capacity in the city will inevitably rely on a sustainable supply of water,' says Michael Alexander, Head of Environment (Comms & Policy) 'We realised we couldn't do it on our own and that to make a real difference in the broader watershed, businesses would have to work together with new partners, many of whom hadn't worked together before.'