Training Programme on Mainstreaming Sustainable Urban Water Management at Nairobi, Kenya

 November 30 – December 3, 2015
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Language: English

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in collaboration with Kenya Water Institute (KEWI) (local host & partner) is organizing a four day training programme on “Mainstreaming Sustainable Urban Water Management” in Nairobi, Kenya. The programme combines two trainings namely- rainwater harvesting and decentralised wastewater treatment including local resue, followed by a field exposure visit (optional). 

KEWI is a semi-autonomous corporate body that caters to the water sector in Kenya. It is a national training institution with a vision to be a world class center of excellence in training, research and consultancy in the field of water, sanitation, irrigation and other related sectors. 

CSE is geared towards building larger societal support for policy, practices and implementation and form a south-south partnership with a particular focus on Africa in 2015-2016. The need for support on capacity building for state and non-state actors involved in urban water management in Africa was identified during the India-Africa experience sharing Workshop (New Delhi, India) and the training programme on “Sustainable Urban Water Management” (Colombo, Sri Lanka)  that was organized and hosted by CSE in early 2015. 

Kenya was one of the countries from where non-state actors (academics and NGO) participated and represented the water and sanitation profile of the country and indicated an urgent need for such initiatives that would promote capacity building in sustainable urban water management. 

About the Training
Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa however; the country loses nearly 260 million USD due to poor sanitation (WSP, 2012). The progress report on water and sanitation by WHO and UNICEF in 2014, highlighted the poor state of  water supply and sanitation coverage in Kenya, which is hindering the country’s success on achieving the millennium development goals (MDGs). Approximately 23 percent of urban population relies on unimproved sources of water supply which include supply from private vendors and dependency on stream, lakes or ponds, which are now deteriorating (National Water Master Plan, 2030). In addition, the non-availability of adequate sewage treatment facilities has resulted in environmental degradation due to disposal of untreated sewage as well as solid waste in water bodies.

To meet the scale of challenges in area of urban water and sanitation management, a cadre of professionals that can plan, design and implement sustainable water management solutions in urban areas of Kenya is required. 

The thematic focus of the present training on urban rainwater harvesting and decentralised sewage treatment including local reuse, will not only contribute in situ augmentation of water where supply is scarce but also contribute substantially in abatement of pollution in various sources of water - river, water bodies and groundwater. 

Aim: To capacitate state and non-state actors to mainstream sustainable urban water management practices.


  • 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 wastewater management at different scales.

  • To share experiences on existing and upcoming policies and practices from India and South Asia on urban water management.

  • To build south-south network of practitioners (state/non-state) for mainstreaming sustainable water management practices.  

The details of the two training programme (s) are as follows: Click here>>

November 30-December 1, 2015

Urban rainwater harvesting (RWH) is not well developed in Kenya. This two day programme will focus on urban RWH and the potential it holds in augmentation of water availability by using public spaces to recharge their groundwater or store and reuse the rainwater. The training will also showcase examples to bring in required laws to enable individuals to undertake RWH. The participants will get the opportunity to plan and design a RWH system and also learn about best management practices from south Asian countries as well as emerging concepts like water sensitive urban design and planning. 

December 2-3, 2015

This two day programme will focus on decentralised wastewater treatment (DWWT) treatment and local reuse. The training will include understanding characteristics of domestic wastewater, principles of DWWT systems, hands on experience in planning, designing implementation of DWWTs at different scale, and operation and maintenance and monitoring DWWT systems.

Both the trainings will be conducted by state of the art teaching – through learning tools, interactive sessions and experiential learning using detailed case studies and groups exercise on planning and designing of decentralized water management options for variety of situations. 

December 4, 2015

To learn more about ground implementation of best management practices for sustainable urban water management one day field exposure visit is planned. This is optional for participants.

Target Participants 
The main target audience for this training programme are- engineers, architects, urban planners, and geologists from government organizations and urban water supply and waste water management companies of Kenya. Professionals from leading non-government organizations, academic and research institutions who are supporting various initiatives in the country on urban water management are encouraged to participate.  


For registration and fees Click here>>

Local contact (Kenya):-

Mr. Eric K Wamiti
Ag. Head of Department - Short Courses 
Kenya Water Institute (KEWI), Nairobi

India contact:-

Dr Mahreen Matto (Coordinator)
Deputy Programme Manager 
Water Programme
CSE, New Delhi, India
+91-11-40616000+91-11-40616000 (Ext:257)

Ms. Shivali Jainer (Coordinator)
Senior Research Associate 
Water Programme
CSE, New Delhi, India
+91-11-40616000+91-11-40616000 (Ext:257)

For more information on the training programme kindly contact:

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla 
Programme Director- Water Programme
CSE, New Delhi, India

Dr. Leunita Sumba
KEWI, Nairobi, Kenya