Kenya: The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) mapped community conserved areas (CCAs) within the Shimoni, Mkwiro, Wasini, Kibuyuni, Majoreni, Jimbi and Vanga areas in the south coast of Kenya for the purpose of development of resource management plans. The development of CCAs management plans is considered a core component for the success of the Darwin Initiative Project being implemented by the EAWLS Marine Programme since 2009.
The project’s objective is to incorporate improvement of the livelihoods of local people in the conservation of the marine resources. It is expected that the management and use of the CCAs will be outlined in the management plans for the purpose of community empowerment and education on sustainable management of their resources.
The recent enactment of government policy measures to provide for more community driven initiatives for sustainable management of coastal and marine resources and build community capacity for sustainable coastal and marine resource conservation is indeed a morale booster for this initiative.