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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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Young girls from Ndau Primary School pose for a photo with their teacher after participating in the clean-up on Ndau beach © WWF-Kenya/Sabina Odero

International Coastal Clean-up in Kiunga Marine Protected Area






Every year, on the third Saturday in September, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds come together across the globe to help clean rubbish from our coastal shoreline and waterways. In Kiunga Marine Protected Area we’ve been playing out part to contribute to this global cleaning effort. Spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy, the International Coastal Clean-up […]

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Lamu seascape © Cath Lawson

Community engagement in natural resource management






Enhancing community participation in natural resource management, in both the terrestrial and marine sphere, is an enormous part of the work that WWF is doing in Kenya. Recently we’ve been supporting the establishment and strengthening of the County Wildlife Conservation and Compensation Committee (CWCCC) in Lamu, as well as other CWCCCs elsewhere in the coastal […]

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Baby turtle leaving nest © WWF/Mike Olendo

Combating marine turtle poaching






Marine turtles are iconic and ancient creatures. They are long lived and slow maturing, taking decades (between 20 and 30 years) to reach sexual maturity, but only about one in 1,000 successfully hatched babies makes it to adulthood.  Life as a turtle is tough! But we’re doing everything we can to safeguard the future of […]

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Knowledge – improving lives in ocean and coastal systems






Sharing experiences, successes and challenges is a really important way in which we learn.  Recently, my colleagues and I were lucky enough to attend the ninth Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) scientific symposium in South Africa to showcase our work in Lamu and exchange ideas with colleagues working in similar fields elsewhere in […]

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Fisherman in Lamu ©Rika Theron

Giving fisherfolk training for sustaining in Lamu






Fish stocks in Lamu seascape are the most abundant and robust for coral reefs in Kenya. Located at the southern end of the Somali upwelling, the nutrient rich waters of Lamu seascape provide the optimal conditions for Kenya’s best stocks of pelagic (open ocean), demersal (near or at the bottom of a body of water) […]

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Lamu ©Lilian Mulupi/WWF

Mapping the Mangroves






Mangrove forests are incredibly important, often an undervalued ecosystem. Lamu seascape is home to the largest continuous mangrove forest in Kenya and protecting it is a vital part of the work that we do in this region. Over the last few weeks my team and I have been out surveying the mangroves. This can be […]

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