An environmental impact assessment should be conducted first before initiating development activities upstream on river Tana, a National Environment Management Authority official has said.
Tana River County NEMA officer Mr. Boniface Wanga says increased development activities along the banks of river Tana have contributed to the destruction of the water catchment area affecting the livelihood of people dependent on the water source downstream.
Mr. Wanga explained that the ox-bow lakes atTana River Primate national reserve have dried-up adding that, the residents of Tana River who depend on the river for fishing, sand harvesting and irrigation are currently experiencing difficulties due to reduced flow of water downstream.
Speaking to sand harvesters at Laza-Miembeni in Hola , the NEMA official appealed to the National government to coordinate and control development activities along River Tana in order to share the water resource equitable for both people living upstream and downstream.
He called on the local communities living along River Tana to conserve environment and avoid the destruction of trees for charcoal burning.