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Sound Management of Natural Resources

This component aims to improve the sound management and regeneration of natural resources and biodiversity in the coastal and marine environment. A related goal is to identify biodiversity products and markets that will assist in promoting eco-tourism and spin-off industries.

Coastal tourism relies on clean beaches, good water quality, and healthy marine ecosystems, all of which are in decline in Kenya. The value and future role of natural resources in Kenya’s future development is articulated in Vision 2030.

The Component objectives are

  1. To improve sound management and regeneration of natural resources and biodiversity;
  2. To identify biodiversity products and markets that will assist in promoting eco-tourism and spin-off industries
  3. To develop a coastal biodiversity information system to catalogue the state of the Coast’s natural resources, ecological threats, economic valuation and resource use patterns.

The activities that achieve these objectives are:

  1. Assessment of biodiversity and valuation of selected coastal and marine ecosystems including MPAs and LMAs.
  2. Development of management systems and conservation strategies  for identified ecosystems.
  3. Promoting co-management, by facilitating partnership between the recipient and local communities and implementing management plans for conservation and sustainable use of mangroves and  other coastal forests
  4. Building the capacity of institutional staff and local community members in conservation management through training and sharing of best practices
  5. Supporting greater collaboration, harmonization, monitoring and surveillance of shared marine resources at the Kenya-Tanzania transboundary areas.
  6. Strengthening linkages between research and extension for village based natural resources investment activities.
  7. Promoting sustainable coastal tourism through strategic studies, infrastructural development, capacity building, and marketing.
  8. Carrying out specific coastal and marine research for promoting sustainable management of natural resources.

 

KCDP aims to develop capacity in the area self sustaining tourism circuits that are focused on the rich biodiversity of the coastline. The community at Shimoni has proposed to KCDP through the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to construct a tourism jetty that will be managed by the local community.

The component has the following subcomponents:

  1. Biodiversity, natural resources assessment and an integrated information system
  2. Capacity Building, Research, Extension and Tourism Enhancement

 

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