Regional Development Authorities
The concept of basins based planning in Kenya has been practiced since early 1970s through establishment of Regional Development Authorities (RDAs) which were defined along river basins and large water bodies.
Integrated basin development is key in achieving the Vision 2030 aspirations. Its overall objective is to achieve an equitable national social economic development through sustainable utilization and management of basin based resources. This is achieved through effective planning, development and implementation of projects and programmes across all the six Regional Development Authorities (RDAs), namely; Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (TARDA), Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA), Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA), Ewaso Ng’iro South Development Authority (ENSDA), Ewaso Ng’iro North Development Authority (ENNDA) and Coast Development Authority (CDA). Such programmes and projects would in turn create employment, equitable distribution of resources and rural-urban balance.
The six Regional Development Authorities under integrated basin development are mandated to promote integrated basin development within their areas of jurisdiction. The RDAs have enhanced food security in the country through irrigation, improved water storage and supplies for both domestic and livestock, stepped up flood control measures that will avert human lose and property destruction, increased conservation in major water towers and protected river riparian for major rivers. All this have contributed to employments and wealth creation in the country.