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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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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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Happy World Oceans Day © naturepl.com / Doug Perrine / WWF World Oceans Day

Happy World Oceans Day!

The tragic loss of large tracts of the Iconic Great Barrier Reef over the last few months has brought to mind something that a friend from India recently told me. Whilst giving a talk to school children on board a boat off the coast of Goa, she heard one of the children exclaim how unfair […]

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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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