International Training Programme on Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning in Kenya, January 16-20, 2017

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India in collaboration with Kenya Water Institute (KEWI) conducted a five day international training programme on “Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP)” from 16-20th January, 2017.  27 state and non-state practitioners across seven African countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, Somalia and Gambia) participated in the training programme to learn about WSUDP as an approach to identify rainwater, storm water and waste water as resource rather than nuisance.


On 1st day of training programme, Dr. Mahreen Matto briefed the participants about CSE and how CSE has evolved as a nodal centre for training and knowledge dissemination across the world. She also gave an overview about the South-South global network. Further, she focused on issues and challenges in managing water as local available resource in developing countries and listed strategies by adopting decentralised structures, diverse technologies and community participation to achieve sustainable urban water management. Mrs. Nyakundi Everlyne Kemunto (KEWI) discussed about overall status of water in Kenya and how climate change has impacted the source of fresh water supply. Further she talked about growing demand of water due to increase in population and other poor infrastructural design factors leading to increase the gap of demand vs supply. Further, Ms Shivali Jainer discussed about plan, design and implementation of rainwater harvesting (RWH) structures at different scale (site, institutions & neighborhood).

On 2nd day, participant’s got hands on experience in designing of RWH structures followed by group presentation which provided a more in-depth knowledge and concept of the implementation of structures. This was followed by an insight about O&M for making the system sustainable.

Day 3 of training started with the inaugural session by Secretary of Water and Irrigation, Kenya. He focused on the need for research and capacity building for urban water management in developing countries and encouraged other government institutes to participate in such capacity building programme. He further emphasized on implementation and follow up of the model projects as a source of knowledge dissemination. This was followed by a short speech by Col. Benjamin Muema, Chair KEWI Governing Council focussing on strong partnership between CSE and KEWI. Day 3 and day 4 of the training programme mainly concentrated on decentralised approach of waste water treatment as centralised waste water treatment options has demerits in terms of collection, conveyance and treatment of waste water. Participant’s received hands on experience in designing decentralised waste water treatment system with local reuse in mind. This was followed by a feedback session in order to understand from the participants if the training was useful and implementable and its way forward.

The training ended with a field visit to CAMESTEA an institution which does capacity building trainings in Mathematics, Science and Developmental Studies. The institute has implemented a decentralised waste water treatment approach with potential to treat 60 m3 waste water and has a provision of RWH system in the form of 30 m3 storage structure. The treated waste water is used for flushing and gardening and harvested rainwater is stored and used for domestic and laboratory purposes.

Capacity enhancement of city officials for ‘Integrating water management at the strategic scale of planning and design to achieve sustainable development in towns/cities’.  


  • To provide knowledge, skill development and attitude change of participants towards sustainable water management. 

  • To capacitate participants for planning, designing and implementing low cost decentralised water and waste water management at different scales. 

  • To share experiences on existing and upcoming policies and practices from International experience on urban water management.  

For further details contact: 

Ms. Shivali Jainer
Programme Officer, CSE

Dr. Mahreen Matto
Programme Manager, CSE

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Programme Director, CSE




Booklet Kenya

“The training in Kenya was beneficial in various ways; first, to learn, share and exchange information and experiences with other participants from different countries. Second, and most importantly, to learn the various modules which were amazingly presented by the organizers. The knowledge was more than I had ever imagined there would be and completely exceptional! In addition, we were able to follow suit and exercise in planning DWWTSs and RWH systems. I found this very useful because it provides a great platform for a planning experience my own setting. Malawi could definitely use such.
I also specially thank the CSE organizing team we had in Kenya for the wonderfully ordered, co-ordinated and well planned activities. I hope that one day I will be able to train others in a similar program.”
- Wema Meranda Mtika
Research Facilitator University of Malawi, The Polytechnic, Malawi

“The event was all a win-win case. Thank you so much for the heartily shared information and still hope to be a practical benefit in improving our social set ups. Designing domestic wastewater treatment system for small population in an economical way.”
- Timothy Marekia, Student Egerton University, Kenya

“I actually loved all the presentation slides and grabbed all the discussion during the training programme. This training has really helpful in giving me confidence. The trainers were all perfect, well equipped with knowledge.”
- Hindia Haret Osman, Student K.E.W.I, Kenya

“I would say that the course was successful indeed, I have learned a lot and I request the training to be carried every year if possible.”
- Obai Nyasani Eunice, Student K.E.W.I, Kenya

“The whole course WSUDP was excellent and very vital especially to me. It acted as an eye opener with regard to rainwater conservation and the decentralised waste-water treatment planning. However the content need to be spread over a slightly longer period to avoid fatigue that comes with extended sessions.”

- Nelson Njiraine Kinyua, Instructor K.E.W.I, Kenya