CAVS Dam (Left) in September 2014 and (Right) in May 2015 - soil erosion upstream and soil creep from construction sites due to destruction of riparian vegetation are contributing to siltation of the Dam (Photo credit: David Mungai, WMI)
The Kabete Field Station of the University of Nairobi abuts the Mathari River to the north. The river is one of three major rivers that flow from the higher and wetter highlands to the west and north-western parts of Nairobi City. Over the years, the dam has provided wholesome water for crop and livestock production, fish farming and hosts experimental and trail sites for researchers from the University, national and international research institutes such as ILRI, CIP, ICRAF and KALRO.
Presently, the dam has been facing an insidious degradation due to massive development projects. In 2009, the College embarked in a major riparian zone conservation programme to enhance its ecological integrity and adjoining valley sides for the University community, its research collaborators and neighbours as well as for downstream water users and posterity.
This begun with the establishment of a Uni-Biopark along the river. The Park serves as a biodiversity conservation site of indigenous plants that have medicinal and cultural values.
To date, the College has planted 8,100 trees comprising about 77 species at the site. The aim is to expand the Park gradually by planting more medicinal plants collected from various parts of the country. Owing to that, the University land has added aesthetic value to the surroundings.
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