Fauna & Flora International (FFI) protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide – mainly in the developing world – FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. Founded in 1903, it is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity.
One of FFI’s key partners in Kenya is the East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS), a regional NGO with wide experience in community-managed conservation projects; for the past forty years EAWLS has been at the forefront of efforts to protect the region's endangered species and habitats.
Together, FFI and EAWLS are working on a marine and coastal resources project in Kenya, which aims to improve local livelihoods and strengthen the conservation of these resources through sustainable management.
The project has been running since 2004 and initially supported community-led action on the north coast of Kenya to establish a 4 km² 'no fishing zone', managed by a local conservation and welfare association. Surveys and reports from fishermen indicate an increase in fish numbers and the return to a more sustainable fish harvest in areas adjoining the agreed exclusion zone.
TWF has awarded funding to the FFI-EAWLS partnership to replicate this model in 7 sites along the southern coast of Kenya (Shimoni - Vanga). These areas will be defined, established and supported by Community Based Organisations, Beach Management Units and Community Forest Associations.
Specifically, the project will promote and support sustainable fisheries in 7 Community Conserved Areas, and identify sustainable livelihood options. This approach will contribute to enhanced awareness of sustainable fisheries management, improved capacity of Beach Management Units to sustainably manage fisheries, reduced pressure on marine and coastal resources in the project sites, and improved local community livelihoods.