Environmental Conservation of Akara Hills, Kenya through Agroforestry and Alternative livelihoods
This project aims to rehabilitate the hills through community empowerment and agroforestry while increasing forest cover and fight poverty and hunger. The project started with bringing the community of Akara Hills together to discuss the issues facing this area to improve their livelihoods sustainably. We began based on the theory of change and the principle of “cut one tree plant two” slogan in 2009. So far, a total of 60 schools and 30 community groups have been educated on the benefits of environment conservation, nursery establishment and tree planting. We have not yet managed to restore the hills due to land ownership arrangements (different members of the community owning parcels of land on the hills). However, in 2017, we agreed with the communities on a formula to reforest the hills that integrates agroforestry, reforestation and establishment of alternative livelihoods, which form the basis for this proposed project. See more about our initial efforts in our short documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52cJM5ZwOc4 which features interviews with Dr. Margaret Owuor, the manager/proponent of this project. The project entered its second phase in March 2021
Funded by Global Wildlife Conservation
Community-based Marine Litter Management for Restoration of Endangered turtle habitats along the Kenyan Coast
Despite their legal protection, sea turtles and their habitats are being lost and degraded through poaching and uncontrolled coastal development due to ignorance, poverty and weak management policies in Kenya. This project will employ the power of education, mentorship, possession and a healthy dosage of entrepreneurial skills to enhance turtle conservation activities and support sustainable coastal development along Kenya’s South Coast. A participatory approach involving local communities, policymakers and managers will be adopted to establish and map decadal land-use changes; monitor nesting activities to support the development of conservation plans and implementation of beach management strategies.
Funded by The Rufford Foundation
The impacts of coastal development on beach geomorphology and its influence on sea turtle nesting
and reproduction success in Lamu, Kenya
This project is being conducted in Lamu Seascape, a critical nesting habitat for the green, Chelonia mydas, hawksbill, Eretmochelys imbricata, and olive ridley turtle, Lepidochelys olivacea, to establish how the ongoing land-use changes (tourism and coastal infrastructural development projects like the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor projects) affect coastal geomorphology and the resulting effect on sea turtle nesting and reproduction
success. It involves partnerships with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), WWF-Lamu, Kenya and Lamu Marine Conservation Trust (LaMCoT) to identify and map the occurrence and trends of nesting activities; establish land-use changes that have taken place in the area in the past decade; determine how the land use and climate changes are impacting on potential nest environment and beach profile; assess how the changes above influence nest establishment and hatching success of the nesting turtle species; and enhance public awareness and advocacy for turtle conservation around Lamu island.
Funded by British Ecological Society
Adaptive Management to Coral Reef Systems in Kenya: Addressing Pollution Problems
This study investigated water quality in terms of nutrients quality and quantity and examined the coral reefs health along Mtwapa Creek, Mombasa Marine Park and Mombasa Marine Reserve, exposed to different nutrient sources in the Kenyan Coast. Furthermore, the research proposed management intervention to save coral reefs in the region; how to involve local communities through education and awareness creation on the need for waste management, and the impact of urban waste on reef systems and champion management practice change in priority areas
Quantification and Valuation of Coastal Ecosystem Services Workshop
The workshop aimed to build the capacity among coastal and marine resource managers, technical officers, and practitioners in the WIO region to understand concepts of quantifying and valuing ecosystem services (ES), especially in their study area. Teaching was interactive and employed a practical approach using a combination of classroom practical exercises and discussions, case studies from the facilitators and participants, and a field trip. The attracted participants from Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros, Mauritius, South Africa, Seychelles, Madagascar, and Ethiopia participated.
Funded by Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (2019)
Livelihood Restoration of Fisher-folks affected by development of the Mombasa Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway
The overall objective of the consultancy was to establish an overall individual economic loss and the sustainable and cost-effective strategies to be adopted in order to cushion the affected fisherfolk in the affected Beach Management Units (BMUs) against the negative impact of SGR Construction on their livelihoods. The strategies identified comprised initiatives that will immediately cushion the affected fisherfolk and also ensure continuation of their living standards in an improved manner. The consultancy was undertaken in conjunction with Geoinformatiks Ltd