In the Questions from the Crowd series, Ecoligo addresses questions from crowdinvestors about projects and business models.
One crowdinvestor asked: “Flower farming around Lake Naivasha has been said to have a negative impact on the lake’s water levels and ecosystem. Can you tell me what Rift Valley Roses is doing to combat this?”
Rift Valley Roses’ response: “Rift Valley Roses is situated around 10km from Lake Naivasha and 400 meters higher, on the shoulder of the Aberdare mountain range. Consequently, the farm does not use any water from the lake for production of its flowers.”
Where does the farm gets its water from?
“The farm also obtains groundwater from a metered borehole and takes measures to use its water as efficiently as possible. It is also accredited by the Kenya Flower Council, which works with flower farms to ensure sustainable land and water use.”
Water levels at Lake Naivasha
“Although Rift Valley Roses does not use any water from Lake Naivasha, we can also share some information regarding influencing factors and management initiatives.
“To manage direct impact of human activity on the lake, the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) undertook a project called the Integrated Water Resources Action Plan Programme (IWRAP) between 2013 and 2016, which measured water levels and use with the aim of creating a system of sustainable water resource management in the Naivasha Basin. The project was a success, creating a strong foundation for sustainable development in the area.