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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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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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The old way of cooking (L) compared to the new stoves being installed (R) climate change

How new cooking stoves are helping Kenya protect its threatened forests






Last Month, WWF led the world in marking the Earth Hour; the world’s biggest environmental event, organized in all continents to create understanding on the issues facing the planet and inspiring people to live more sustainably. While the world was marking the event, here in at WWF in Kwale, Kenya, we were busy putting this […]

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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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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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African elephant © Richard Barrett / WWF-UK forests

A plan for water in Kwale: vital for forests, wildlife and people






Water is a major issue for everyone in Kenya. The country is classified as ‘chronically water scarce’ and demands for water largely exceeds the available supply. Many of our key industries, such as agriculture, tourism and energy production, are highly dependent on rainfall and water availability. At the same time, rapidly increasing urban populations and […]

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This area of Kenya is an important habitat corridor for elephants © Martin Harvey / WWF Coastal Kenya Programme

How WWF’s work in Kenya is tackling the illegal wildlife trade






Ndera Community Conservancy has helped the local community identify and nurture a close connection with the wildlife that they share space with, and created a commitment to the conservation of this wildlife and its habitat. And we’re helping to make sure this positivity continues! In my last blog I talked about the growing support that […]

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A farmer in Kwale walks among timber in the forest Coastal Kenya Programme

How WWF is helping locals in Kenya to grow their forests and protect the environment






Kenya’s forests are deteriorating at an alarming rate. In fact, recent studies put the loss of forests in Kenya at around 50,000 hectares annually. That means the Kenyan economy loses over Sh1.9 billion – almost £14.5 million. At the same time, the national wood supply deficit is expected to rise to 7 million cubic metres by 2020. That’s […]

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