KESCOM activities

KESCOM has over the years in collaboration with other stakeholders been active in the conservation and management of sea turtles in Kenya. Rigorous targeted education and awareness campaigns at different societal levels have ensured that the community is more aware of this precious resource and the need to sustainably use and/or conserve it. And with Turtle Conservation groups on the ground that are widely spread along the Kenyan Coast doing regular turtle monitoring patrols and beach clean ups, turtle and egg poaching cases have reduced. Groups that reside near mangrove ecosystems, which harbor quite a diverse number of birds and benthic organisms, are more active in restoration of these forests in degraded areas. Further capacity building trainings on leadership, awareness and advocacy skills on TCGs coupled by exchange visits facilitated by KESCOM has enabled improvement of the abilities of the groups to manage conservation programs. KESCOM has also helped facilitate implementation of donor-funded pilot ecotourism project with Funzi Turtle Club located in Funzi Island in a bid to improve the livelihoods of the community in the area. Some groups like Bureni Turtle Watch have initiated self-reliance projects such as selling of t-shirts and beaded keys rings to support their turtle conservation programs (more information at www.vipingovillagefund.org). Other income generation activities initiated by groups are making of organic soap and handicrafts from flip-flops by Funzi Turtle Club; weaving of mats by Ozi friends of conservation; and crab culture, snake farming & tour guided boat trips at Mida creek by Mida Creek Conservation Group.

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