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A BEACH CLEAN UP AT MWAEMBE BEACH, MSAMBWENI

Yesterday I got a chance to participate in a beach clean-up exercise that was organized by Msambweni Turtle and Marine Conservation Group. This happened at Mwaembe beach one of the major nesting site for sea turtles in the area. Infact during this particular three kilometers beach clean up am informed that there are three nests that are due for hatching in December. The young, old, men and women, all dedicated members were here to volunteer in making the beach environment clean and conducive for the turtles. The oldest member of the group is Mzee Salim. He’s seventy-six year old and his old age does not deter him from joining the rest of the members in participating in turtle conservation activities. He manages to complete the two-hour exercise together with the rest of us. We collected approximately ten kilograms of litter ranging form flip-flops, bottles, sacks, ropes, paper bags and so on. It is however unfortunate that I did not get a chance to be a part of the sorting process where the litter is sorted out into different categories because I ran out of time and had to rush back to Mombasa. However the members promised me that I would get the data once they meet and did the sorting. They hope to recycle it into useful items in the near future. I also gave them some of the children storybooks that were recently donated to KESCOM by the Save Our Seas Foundation. The group will use these books to create awareness especially to school children.I left the place at around six in the evening and I sure had a wonderful time. I hope to go back soon, this time to witness the hatchling release of the three nests.  Mzee Salim.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Rose 

Msambweni education and awareness campaign

Members of the Simakeni Environmental group pose for a group photo after a successiful awareness dayMsambweni residents started trooping in early, on foot, by bycycle and by matatu. I couldn’t make up my mind whether they are ‘constitutionally accustomed’ to keeping time or it is the music blaring from the stereo that prompted their early arrival. Nevertheless, by the time the MC called to order, there was already a crowd that would make any politician’s mouth water. But no, this wasn’t a political gathering, it was one of the monthly education and awareness days organised by Simakeni Environmental Group, one of the Turtle Conservation Groups working under KESCOM in the south coast.

This particular one was so involving and interactive and was led by KESCOM staff, together with officers from the local office of the Ministry of fisheries. The awareness is carried out under the Tiwi, Diani Chale, Management trust with a CDTF grant.

Not only were the presentations stimulating, so was the input by the locals who wowed all of use with their knowledge of turtle conservation issues. Standing out was a villager nicknamed ‘bwana kasa’ (Mr. Turtle), a self confessed former turtle poacher, now in the forefront in conservation.

The discussion topics included, general sea turtle biology, the need for conservation, laws that protect the sea turtles as well as the community’s role in conservation.

At the end of the day, it was clear that this particular community was ready and willing to give sea turtle conservation, the much needed community support. It was also another feather in the Simakeni group’s hat for managing to organise yet another successiful awareness day.