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KCDP Project

Overall Project Description

The Kenya Coastal Development Project is a multisectoral development programme that is financed by the World Bank and GEF and hosted by the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute(KMFRI). The Project's Development Objective (PDO) is to improve management effectiveness and enhance revenue generation from Kenya's coastal and marine resources.

The project focuses on the marine, inshore and coastal environment and promotes policy, legislative and institutional reform geared at increasing revenue, productivity, incomes and quality of life for the poor.

The project also has a strong focus on the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Kenya, the 200 nautical miles zone adjacent to the coast that is under Kenyan jurisdiction under the UN Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS).

The project promotes direct investment in:

i) Increasing revenue from improving licensing of commercial fishing vessels in the EEZ.

ii) Supporting a network of protected marine areas to conserve and sustainably manage the unique marine and coastal resource base upon which livelihoods, productivity and growth in sectors such as tourism are based.

iii) The project promotes, technology, training, facilitated access to affordable credit and markets to achieve value addition and a greater share of the value from natural resource exploitation.

The project also promotes a few public/private partnerships (joint ventures) to ensure the economic viability and sustainability of the investments.

The project emphasizes the establishment of an effective regulatory and institutional framework and participatory processes for spatial planning, land capability mapping, integrated coastal management and private investment.

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