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John Bett, WWF-Kenya, Project ManagerJohn Bett, WWF-Kenya, Project Manager

My name is John Bett. I work with WWF-Kenya as a project manager for Boni Dodori Sustainable Forest Management project. My work mainly entails working closely with communities living adjacent to the forest and other organizations and government agencies operating in the area. Our project aims to ensure the sustainable conservation of the forest landscape covered by Boni and Dodori national reserves and the Lungi and Boni Forest on the north coast of Kenya with the financial support from Size of Wales, WWF UK and Darwin Initiative. These open canopy forests harbour many important species and are equally significant to local livelihoods. At the same time the project support the empowerment of the marginalized Aweer (Boni) community.   I coordinate all project activities and currently carrying out an in-depth inventory of the biodiversity of the national and forest reserves with the aim of understanding the reserves better and generating knowledge that can be used by local community, WWF and other agencies to better manage the natural resources within the ecosystem.

My latest posts


Well-being Interviews, Coastal Kenya

From the Field: Measuring Well-being

Conservation is, in many ways, a social undertaking. People have a dynamic and important role to play in conservation. On the one hand, they can exert extreme and often unsustainable pressure on natural resources, because livelihoods and wellbeing so often depend on natural resources. On the other hand, they can be critically important stewards of […]

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Coastal mosaic, Kenya. ©MegGawler WWF Size of Wales

Drought is biting hard on water resources in coastal Kenya.

“If climate change is a shark, then water is its teeth” – James P. Bruce.  Freshwater resources in the coastal Kenya landscape, home to over 3 million people, are under severe pressure. Climate projections, and increasingly local observations, identify that changes in the climate will stress the situation further. Within the coastal Kenya landscape, particularly […]

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Livestock on the banks of Lake Kenyatta, Lamu, Kenya © John Bett / WWF-Kenya Earth Hour

Efforts to halt the demise of Lake Kenyatta

Lake Kenyatta is one of the largest freshwater bodies in Lamu County, on the north Kenyan coast. It supplies water to an estimated 60,000 people as well as being a critical water source for wildlife and livestock. But the lake is under threat, and those threats are growing. When visiting Lake Kenyatta you can’t miss […]

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