Mkwiro Village, Wasini Island

June 2015

Conservation benefit: Protection of the 741-acre Mkwiro Marine Co-Management Area for 10 years

Community benefit: Rehabilitation of Beach Management Unit office and construction of alternative livelihood workshop, tools and training

The South Coast of Kenya is renowned for its marine biodiversity, including 64 coral genera, nine species of mangrove, 12 species of seagrass, over 250 species of fish, dolphins, whales, and five of the seven species of sea turtles. It also has a rapidly growing human population of 1.2 million, and nearly 60 percent of rural communities depend on marine and coastal resources for their livelihoods. Overfishing, illegal fishing practices, and sedimentation from unsustainable agricultural practices are dramatically depleting fish stocks.

Mkwiro Village is located on the southern end of Wasini Island, where Seacology has funded projects in recent years. Seacology is now funding rehabilitation of the Mkwiro Beach Management Unit (BMU) office. The BMU is responsible for management and enforcement at the new 741-acre Mkwiro Marine Co-Management Area. The group will use the facility to hold meetings and work on regulations for the area, to ensure the sustainable use of marine resources, including closure of certain areas and banning of unsustainable fishing practices. The building will also contain a new workshop where the Mkwiro Eco-Friendly Conservation Group to host women’s alternative livelihood activities, which include developing and promoting crafts.

Some of the crafts made by project participants

Project Updates
August 2019
Due to a restructuring at the organization that was purchasing foam from the women's group, they have temporarily stopped selling flip-flops. However, they continue to hold regular beach cleanups...
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May 2017
Since the last update, 12 more members of the Mkwiro Eco-Friendly Conservation Group received small loans. The Mkwiro Village community marked the successful closure of this project with a launch...
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January 2017
The Mkwiro Eco-Friendly Conservation Group now conducts beach clean-ups twice a week and supplies the Ocean Sole Foundation with flip-flops for workshops; which provides income. A project website...
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May 2016
Equipment and tools, including a sewing machine and punches, have been procured for the alternative livelihood participants. The Watumu Marine Association trained 29 people from the BMU and the...
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