WWF-Kenya’s Coastal Kenya Programme (CKP) was unveiled in September of 2011 within the Coastal East Africa priority place.
The programme addresses sustainable natural resource management and biodiversity conservation in three Coastal Kenyan counties – Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu. Parts of Tana River and Garissa counties are also covered to address challenges and opportunities at ecosystem level.
The key areas of focus are marine and forest resources and the communities that depend on them. The programme aims to address threats to the integrity of Kenya’s coastal natural resources (NRs) such as agriculture, infrastructure development, mining and climate change. The programme’s area of work has been based on a conservation action plan (FY13-16) that has until now been aligned to WWF’s national, regional and global aspirations.
The CKP is made up of terrestrial/forestry, marine and ESD projects at two priority land and seascapes (Kwale and Lamu-Tana and other tertiary sites).
There are three broad categories of projects under CKP:
Marine: The marine work-stream is based at Mkokoni KWS camp and covers Lamu and Tana seascapes. It focuses mainly on conservation of key marine species (e.g. turtles) and sustainable fisheries management.
Terrestrial: The terrestrial work- stream is based at Kwale, Kilifi and Boni- Dodori landscapes. It addresses forests conservation and management including co-management. It aims to promote sustainable forest resource management and associated livelihoods.
Education for sustainable development (ESD): This is based at Lamu and covers both land and seascapes. It focuses on enhancing education for pupils/students, youth and their communities for sustainable natural resource management and environmental protection.