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Mike Izava Olendo's biography

Mike OlendoMike Olendo

My name is Mike Izava Olendo and I lead a team of committed and passionate WWF colleagues and together we form the “WWF-Kenya Lamu marine” team.

We are committed to protecting nesting marine turtles, conserving turtle habitats, protecting delicate coral ecosystems, promoting sustainable fisheries and  improved marine conservation in the Lamu seascape.

In my blogs I want to introduce you to this amazing part of the world by providing a snapshot of marine life, and the culture, whilst giving an overview of the work we undertake to protect it.

Read more blogs about turtles and marine life in Lamu by TV presenter Simon Reeve.

My latest posts


Turtle hatchling in Lamu © Jonathan Caramanus/Green Renaissance/WWF-UK

The value of long-term monitoring of marine turtle nesting

For nearly 20 years, we’ve been working closely with local communities in Lamu seascape to monitor and safeguard key marine turtle nesting sites. Community-based patrols have enabled us to collect a wealth of information about the turtles that come to nest on our beaches. Earlier this month, we shared that information with the wider scientific […]

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Satellite tagged turtle © Mike Olendo/WWF World Sea Turtle Day

It’s marine turtle nesting season and this year we’re satellite tagging!

Happy World Sea Turtle Day! Each year on 16 June we turn our attention to the amazing world of marine turtles. In Kenya, World Sea Turtle Day coincides with the peak nesting season and this year there are some exciting technological developments in our conservation efforts. Five species of marine turtles are known to visit Kenyan […]

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Mkuu Shelali (Rahma VSLA) when she was training as a Community Based Trainer (CBT). © WWF

Improving coastal livelihoods in Kenya

Communities in Lamu seascape on the northern coast of Kenya rely on the sea. For most people, artisanal fishing is the main livelihood source. But coastal and marine habitats in Kenya are facing a multitude of threats. Unprecedented population growth, habitat alteration, intensive and unsustainable expansion of agricultural practices, destructive fishing techniques and large-scale developments […]

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