Blue Forests - People & Mangroves Together

Mikoko Pamoja & Vanga are award winning mangrove conservation and village development projects on the south coast of Kenya.

Blue Forests - People & Mangroves Together

Mikoko Pamoja & Vanga are award winning mangrove conservation and village development projects on the south coast of Kenya.

Blue Forests - People & Mangroves Together

Mikoko Pamoja & Vanga are award winning mangrove conservation and village development projects on the south coast of Kenya.

Mikoko Pamoja & Vanga are mangrove village development projects that provide a global model for halting mangrove deforestation.

567 hectares
area of mangrove forest

2,409,750
mangrove trees protected

14,553
tonnes CO2 sequestered so far

2010
Operational

PROJECT BRIEF

Mikoko Pamoja & Vanga are pioneering mangrove conservation and village development projects in Gazi Bay and Vanga, on the south coast of Kenya.

Mangrove forests sequester vast amounts of carbon compared with land forests, but they are being cut down rapidly.  They are also an essential part of vital marine ecosystems. They provide a breeding ground for fish and a buffer between land and sea.

Mikoko Pamoja means “Mangroves Together” – and that is exactly what is happening. Instead of cutting down Mangroves, the villagers are protecting these “Blue Forests”.

These Blue Forest projects are a model for mangrove villages around the world. They are the first community project to use the sale of bio carbon credits from the mangrove ecosystem to bring conservation and development together.

The Challenge

  • DEFORESTATION & MUD CARBON
    Mangrove forests are extremely carbon-dense ecosystems with most of the carbon stored in the mud soils. Mangrove Forest is being rapidly lost along the East African coast. Nearly 1% of the Mangrove Forest is being lost each year in Kenya. This loss of of forest means loss of the below ground carbon or Mud Carbon.
  • VITAL NATURAL RESOURCES
    Mangrove ecosystems provide vital resources for villagers close by. They can be a source of sustainable fuel wood in an area where 95% of the population use wood for cooking. They are also at the heart of the fishery and are the major source of protein to the villages along the coast.
  • COASTAL PROTECTION
    The parts of the Kenyan coast that have already lost their mangrove forests are receding at almost 1 m per year. Where the mangroves remain intact coastal erosion and the incursion of salt water are prevented by the forest.

Project Action

C-LEVEL 101VISION MICRO-DOCUMENTARY

MIKOKO PAMOJA BLUE FORESTS – PEOPLE & MANGROVES TOGETHER

 

Project impact

567Hectares of forest

Mangrove forests contain some 4250 trees per hectare meaning the project is protecting 2.5 million trees. Started in Gazi bay and now expanded to Vanga.

14,553Tonnes CO2 sequestered

Carbon sequestration in project mangroves measured to be at least 7 tonnes CO2 per hectare per year, making the total for the project 3669 tonnes per year.

5450Villagers

Nearly 75% of villagers now benefit from clean water points provided by the project. Water is also being provided to over 1000 students in 2 local schools.

148Jobs created each year

As well as employing a full time project co-ordinator and 2 forest guards, the project creates seasonal temporary employment for 140 villagers in planting & monitoring.

4000Mangrove seedlings planted

The project undertakes annual replanting of 4,000 mangrove trees in eroding areas of the bay every year.

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