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Female farmer in Coastal Kenya. Credit: John Bett Coastal Kenya Programme

Female Farmers Champion Climate-Smart Agriculture

Women are an integral part of the agricultural sector in coastal Kenya. They play a key role in food production and food security and are, in many ways, the backbone of rural economies. As such, there’s a huge potential for women to play an important role in ensuring that agricultural practices are climate-smart, sustainable and […]

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A tree at dawn in Kenya. Image © Fritz Pölking/WWF Coastal Kenya Programme

Adapting to climate change in coastal Kenya communities

There are a number of challenges to adapting to climate change in coastal Kenya communities. Forests and landscapes contribute directly to the well-being and food security of poorer communities. The condition of local forests can have a direct impact on adjacent communities – where huge populations depend on these forests for their livelihoods. However, this […]

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Turtle eating plastic bag ©Paulo Oliveira / Alamy Stock Photo

Marine turtles and plastics

Plastic is one of the most ubiquitous manmade compounds on earth. Since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s to 2015, humans have created more than 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics. Alarmingly, more than half of that plastic was produced in the last 13 years. Unless something drastic is done, […]

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Eastern black and white colobus, or Guereza (Colobus guereza). Usually seen in the tops of trees. Kenya. © Martin Harvey / WWF Coastal Kenya Programme

Pokomo sacred sites, a new opportunity for conservation work in Tana River County

Five counties make up Kenya’s incredible coastline: Kwale, Kilifi, Mombasa, Lamu, and Tana River County. Sadly, what often comes to mind when thinking about Tana River County is hostile climatic conditions, hunger, conflict, insecurity, and human suffering. But spend time in Tana River County and you will be amazed by the opportunities that exist. The […]

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Celebrating World Fisheries Day in Kenya

As people around the globe celebrated World Fisheries Day on 21st November, I thought I would take the opportunity to tell you a little more about the importance of fisheries here in Lamu seascape, Kenya. Fishing is a major economic activity for the local community living in Lamu seascape. It’s estimated that, either directly or […]

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Waatha children resting. © Ahmed Mbarak. Size of Wales

The Waatha people of Kenya

Indigenous people are known to have a very close relationship with nature. Their lives and livelihoods are often intertwined with it. Over the many years of their existence, they have developed strong systems and practices to ensure its continuity. The People Many of you will have heard about the Mijikenda people and their sacred Kaya […]

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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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