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The Kenya Coastal Development Project (KCDP) is a multi-sectoral development initiative financed by the World Bank and Global Environmental Facility (GEF). It is hosted by the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) with an objective to promote environmentally sustainable management of Kenya’s coastal and marine resources by strengthening the capacity of existing relevant government agencies and enhancing the capacity of rural micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in selected coastal communities.

In order to protect the natural resources base and to enhance the management of Kenya’s coastal and marine resources, the Government of Kenya and the World Bank designed the Kenya Coast Development Project (KCDP).

This is a multi-sectoral development project implemented by seven agencies at the Coast. The agencies include Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), which is the host institution, the State Department of Fisheries (SDF), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Coast Development Authority (CDA), Ministry of Lands Department of Physical Planning (DPP) and the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). The project covers the six coastal counties of Lamu, Tana River, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale and Taita Taveta.

KCDP is a financed by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project has been implemented over a period of six years starting in 2011. The development objective of KCDP is to improve management effectiveness and enhance revenue generation of Kenya’s coastal and marine resources. The project’s global environmental objective is to strengthen the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity.

These objectives of the project are being achieved through the provision of institutional investments in capacity building and infrastructure development, capacity building interventions at the community level and the implementation of community-driven development projects.

The journey of KCDP provides elaborate lessons of how much can be achieved when Government agencies come together, pool their resources and human capital towards the one common goal of changing lives and sustainably manage natural resources.

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