Funzi Island

January 2010

Conservation benefit: Sea turtle conservation activities for a minimum of 10 years

Community benefit: Construction of a display facility/office for conservation and ecotourism programs

Funzi Island is located off the Kenyan South Coast and has a population of about 1,500. The island plays host to an array of ecosystem types, including undisturbed coastal wetlands, mangrove forests, swaying palms, sandy beaches, creeks, estuary, and undisturbed lowland coastal mixed forests. Five sea turtle species – leatherback, loggerhead, green, hawksbill and olive ridley turtle – forage or nest on and around the island. Poaching, habitat degradation, soil erosion, destructive fishing practices, incidental capture, and development are threats to these sea turtles.

Working with the Kenya Sea Turtle Conservation Committee (KESCOM), Seacology will fund construction of a display facility, which will also serve as an office for the Funzi Turtle Club’s activities, as well as support for community-based- sea turtle monitoring activities, nest protection and translocation, adoption of tagged nesting turtles, and turtle release programs. There will also be ecotourism activities including developing turtle souvenirs – earrings, doormats, and turtle models – from flip-flop sandals that wash ashore. Conservation activities will take place in a 15,073-acre area including both terrestrial and marine ecosystems that serve as important feeding and nesting sites of the five turtle species.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Seacology UK.
Project Updates
January 2011
After delays in acquiring land at a competitive price, the project finally acquired a piece of land on Funzi, chosen for its easy access and beach frontage, which makes it ideal for a walk-by...
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July 2010
Field representative Dishon Murage visited Funzi Island in June 2010. He reports that in the past six months, three beach clean-ups have been organized, with 136.5 kgs of litter collected. KESCOM,...
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