ATHI RIVER WALKING EXPEDITION

July 19 2017

The mission of this +200kms walking expedition is to document and highlight the plight and pressure the river faces. This includes domestic & industrial waste pollution, damming and deforestation at its various water towers.
We'll also document how the farming and fishing villages downstream are being affected.

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July 19 2017

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Name: Alberto Borges
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Expedition Background

Athi River is Kenya’s second longest river at 390km, draining an area of 70,000 square kilometers and supporting the livelihoods of millions of fishing, farming and pastoral communities.


The idea to carry out this expedition was sparked off after we visited what used be a beautiful picnic site by the Fourteen falls. What met the eye was a very disturbing site. There were polythene bags, used clothes and plastic containers strewn all over the river bank both upstream and downstream. The water quality was poor; dirty, devoid of oxygen and a murky green in colour. The clear and clean water that once used to rush down the channel supporting thousands of plant and animal species is long gone. The air quality that was crisp, clean and fresh over 10 years ago is today filled with a pungent and foul odour.

There has been severe degradation of the environment, loss of biodiversity within the river and the riverine ecosystems. This has affected the fishing and farming communities negatively and resulted in a loss of income and poor livelihoods.

The expedition aims to document and highlight the plight and pressure that this important river faces. Find out what has been done by the government and private sector in Kenya to reduce these challenges and what can be further done to conserve the river. Photos, videos and notes generated from this expedition shall be used to educate and inspire change in Kenyans to take action not to pollute or destroy this 390km long ecosystem. We shall also document the biodiversity present in and along the river.

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Athi River is Kenya’s second longest river at 390km, draining an area of 70,000 square kilometers and supporting the livelihoods of millions of fishing, farming and pastoral communities.


The idea to carry out this expedition was sparked off after we visited what used be a beautiful picnic site by the Fourteen falls, central Kenya. What met the eye was a very disturbing site. There were polythene bags, used clothes and plastic containers strewn all over the river bank both upstream and downstream. The water quality was poor; dirty, devoid of oxygen and a murky green in colour. The clear and clean water that once used to rush down the channel supporting thousands of plant and animal species is long gone. The air quality that was crisp, clean and fresh over 10 years ago is today filled with a pungent and foul odour.

There has been severe degradation of the environment, loss of biodiversity within the river and the riverine ecosystems. This has affected the fishing and farming communities negatively and resulted in a loss of income and poor livelihoods.

The expedition aims to document and highlight the plight and pressure that this important river faces. Find out what has been done by the government and private sector in Kenya to reduce these challenges and what can be further done to conserve the river. Photos, videos and notes generated from this expedition shall be used to educate and inspire change in Kenyans to take action not to pollute or destroy this 390km long ecosystem. We shall also document the biodiversity present in and along the river.

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Hi Alberto,
This sounds like a really interesting endeavor. I'm excited to follow along and see what you find.