Wasini Island

June 2008

Conservation benefit: Protection of 1,236 acres of mangrove forests for a minimum of 10 years

Community benefit: Repair and construction of water collection and storage tanks

Wasini Island, approximately 53 miles south of Mombasa City, Kenya, has approximately 2,500 inhabitants. The island has extensive mangrove forests covering 1,236 acres. The mangroves provide some protection to the nearby Kisite Marine Park as well as to the surrounding Mpunguti Marine Reserve. Both of those protected areas include extensive coral reefs with myriad ecologically significant fish, as well as seven species of dolphins, humpback whales, whale sharks, water birds, and turtles. But increasing demand for land, to build on or to farm, threatens the mangrove forests.

The island has no natural source of freshwater. As a result, the residents subsist on brackish water or water brought in containers from the mainland, which is very expensive. Seacology will fund the rehabilitation of three concrete water collection and storage tanks, and construction of two new tanks. In return, the communities will demarcate, protect, and manage a 1,236-acre mangrove forest, in partnership with the Kenya Forest Authority.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Project Updates
August 2019
Seacology personnel visited the site this summer. The Seacology-built cistern is used daily by members of the community and is in good condition, though the roof is showing signs of age. The roof...
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January 2016
In 2015, Seacology approved a maintenance grant for urgent repairs to the water tanks and catchment basin, which were cracked. Repairs to the water tanks have now been completed.
June 2011
According to East Africa Field Representative Dishon Murage, a draft management plan has been produced covering the mangrove forest, as well as an extended marine area, which now includes a closed...
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January 2011
The water tanks are all full following recent rains and currently being used by the community. This year the community did not need to purchase fresh water for home consumption and they believe...
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July 2010
Field representative Dishon Murage reports that the Wasini community received funding from the Japanese government Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Securities Project to build additional...
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December 2009
Rehabilitation and construction of the water tanks funded by Seacology was successfully completed. The tanks were inspected by officers from the Ministry of Water and a certificate of completion...
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June 2009
As of April 2009, the rehabilitation of existing tanks is 100% complete, including the construction of a catchment area, security wall and gutters; construction of the new tank is 75% complete and...
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January 2009
The project began in September 2008. As of November 2008, the community had formed a Project Implementation Committee, identified the site for a new water tank, replaced asbestos roofing with...
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