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Community organisation preserving the Mara recognised

By | Aug 5th 2010 | 1 min read

The Mara River Water Users’ Association has received a Sh400,000 prize for its conservation efforts.

They won in the Equator Prize announced last month in New York.

The Equator Prize recognises and celebrates this outstanding community-based group for its efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation of biodiversity.

The association promotes the protection and conservation of the Mara River catchment area. It was among 25 winners from nearly 300 nominations from 66 countries.

Now the association has advanced to the second round of the competition, where they stand a chance to become one of five communities to receive a special recognition and an additional Sh1.2 million.

Association secretary Joseph Kones attributed the success to WWF, which facilitated the establishment of the association five years ago.

The association supports sustainable and efficient use of water, assists relevant authorities with water resources management and issuance of water use permits, and promotes resolution of water conflicts in the Mara River Basin.

According to a letter from the Equator Initiative, the association "joins an elite group of influential grassroots movement of local and indigenous best practice in biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction".

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