Swahili seas profile
‘Swahili Seas’ is a two year project bringing together scientists, policy experts, economists and local people from Kenya and the UK. We are working on new ways to understand, value and conserve mangrove forests in East Africa and have three key objectives:
- To help the establishment of a demonstration community mangrove conservation project – Mikoko Pamoja – at Gazi Bay in southern Kenya. The ecosystem services (particularly carbon sequestration) generated by conserving, restoring and replanting mangroves will be used to generate income from the international market, and the money raised will benefit the local community. We hope this project will act as a model for similar efforts throughout the region.
- To understand how we can best record and acknowledge the value of mangrove goods and services at local, national and international levels and how best to record and predict the threats to them and their rates of destruction. This information will help inform conservation efforts.
- To help kick-start the East African Forum for Payments for Ecosystem Services (EAFPES), as an instrument for expanding the regional capacity for deriving socio-ecological benefits, including monetary income, from coastal ecosystem services’
The ESPA programme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), as part of the UK’s Living with Environmental Change Programme (LWEC).