Kenya’s northern coast, part of the Eastern Africa Biodiversity Hotspot, is home to globally important yet severely threatened marine species, coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangroves. Over 100,000 people live along this coastline and are largely dependent on unsustainable fishing practices, such as the use of beach seine nets and monofilament fishing lines, for their livelihoods. Fauna & Flora is working with local and international organisations to support the development of community-based natural resource management in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa counties.
To date, we have established four community conservancies to improve the livelihoods of local communities through the sustainable use of natural resources. Facing challenges and threats such as overfishing, destructive fishing practices, habitat destruction and pollution, Fauna & Flora and partners have worked closely with fisher communities and government agencies to build conservation capacity, knowledge and awareness around these issues.