SciDevNet: Key river basin could benefit from climate change

Increased rainfall and river flows in the next decades could make the Tana river basin in Kenya provide more opportunities for irrigation and hydropower generation, according to a report.

Increased rainfall and river flows in the next decades could make the Tana river basin in Kenya provide more opportunities for irrigation and hydropower generation, according to a report.

The report, which was based on a modelling study and launched during the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany, last month (19-20 December), shows that the Tana river basin has suffered from rainfall shortages in recent years, but this could change in the 30-year time periods: 2020-2049, 2040-2069 and 2070-2099.

The report was published by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) last year.

According to the report, the Tana river is Kenya’s longest river covering 21 per cent of the country’s total landmass and serves 18 per cent of the country’s population.

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