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U.S. Ambassador Michael E. Ranneberger visits the Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk

Summary

Gazi Mangrove Project aims to enhance the productivity, stability, and functional integrity of mangrove ecosystems and fisheries production in Kenya through knowledge sharing if land and resource use best practices. It also aims to implement livelihood activities that will reduce pressure on in-shore fisheries and destructive activities on mangroves.

Project Funding

This two-year project is funded by the Small Grants Programme of the UNDP, through the Global Enviromental Facility (GEF).

Project Players

Gazi Mangrove Project is lead by the Gazi Women Group, with cooperation from the Gazi Youth Group and the Gazi Fishermen CBO.

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Project Partners

  • Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)
  • Kenya Forest Service (KFS)
  • Fisheries Department
  • Ministry of Livestock
  • National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)

Project Activities

Gazi Women Group

  • Repair and extend the existing mangrove boardwalk facility at Gazi by 100 metres in order to enhance ecotourism potential in the area. The extended section will form a loop of the existing 300 metre boardwalk
  • Initiate beekeeping activities in the mangrove forest of Gazi bay by installing initial 10 beehives. Organize maintenance schedule for the hives, and source for markets for honey products
  • Undertake aggressive marketing of the boardwalk through visits with schools and major hotels in Coast Province. Post adverts in print and electronic media
  • Actively participate in all training and use this information to rigorously carry out extensive awareness campaign to the community at large
  • With support of KMFRI and other partners, the Gazi Women Group will prepare quarterly technical and financial reports for submission to GEF-SGP during the project period

Gazi Youth Group

  • Establish tree nurseries of suitable species (e.g. Casuarina sp, Jeotropha sp, etc.) for sale and afforestation in individual farms
  • In liaison with KMFRI and KFS, assess degraded mangrove areas of Gazi requiring rehabilitation
  • Replant initial 5 hectacres of degraded mangroves at Gazi bay with suitable species
  • Actively participate in all training and use this information to rigorously carry out extensive awareness campaign to the community at large

Gazi Fishermen CBO

  • Actively participate in fisheries and aquaculture training offered by the project
  • Construct 2 aquaculture ponds, stock them with suitable fish species, organize day to day management of the ponds; and organize marketing for the fish products
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