Category: Kenya

Building connections to solve conservation issues

This post is the second series featuring some of the first marine conservation leaders taking part in the African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme that Blue Ventures and Maliasili started in 2020. They share their leadership journeys as part of the...

/ Aug 31, 2022

Kenyan communities trial ‘blue loans’ tied to marine conservation

Last year, communities in Kenya’s Kwale County approached our partner COMRED to ask how they could increase local participation in conservation efforts to manage coastal fisheries. Kwale’s coast stretches approximately 250km and is divided into 20 local fisheries management associations....

/ Jun 24, 2022

Somalia to Kenya: A learning exchange to share knowledge and forge friendships

As we worked to finalise planning for this learning visit, we were unsure how it would turn out. After a year without guests, when COVID-19 travel restrictions eased late last year, we were excited about hosting representatives of Adeso, Secure...

/ Jan 21, 2022

Community conservation offers hope for sustainable fisheries on the Kenyan coast

The situation It used to be easy for fishing communities on the Kenyan coast to know when the seasons would change, the winds would peak, and the sea would be safe to access because the weather forecasts were more stable....

/ Jan 13, 2022

An exchange visit to Pate Island, Lamu Archipelago – inspiring change in community-led fisheries and conservation

Munje to Pate – the start of learning There was hope and excitement as nine community members, seven men, and two ladies from Munje in southeast Kenya, boarded a shuttle bus for a nine-hour journey to Lamu. Our mission was...

/ Oct 13, 2021

Madam Mwanatumu: taking action and advocating for equality

Through action and change for equality The role of women in the fisheries sector cannot be further emphasized as they are key actors and players in forging connections between fishers and the market. While a fisherman’s role may mainly involve...

/ Aug 12, 2021

Mama Hamisi: an inspiration for women in Kenya’s small-scale fisheries

Once a pastry seller, Mama Hamisi is now an octopus gleaner, seaweed farmer, closure area patroller and community steward in Kibuyuni

/ Jun 18, 2021

Tunasonga kama ngalawa: slow but steady as we navigate the pandemic

Despite the ever-changing impacts of COVID-19, coastal communities in Kenya are learning to adapt

/ Apr 28, 2021

Building a united African voice for marine conservation during a global pandemic

Bringing together leaders working on the frontlines of conservation, the African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme has been on an unexpected journey

/ Feb 12, 2021

Reflections from my balcony: working with community fisheries management groups in Kwale County

Yvonne Muyia, Project Assistant at Blue Ventures’ partner COMRED, reflects on her experience of training three Beach Management Units in coastal Kenya

/ Nov 12, 2020

The community perspective: how COVID-19 is impacting the lives of coastal people in Kenya

Through frequent phone calls, Agatha Ogada, Blue Ventures' Partner Support Technician in Kenya, has been learning what the COVID-19 pandemic means for coastal communities in Kwale County

/ Jun 2, 2020

We found our voice: Pate Island community’s journey in marine conservation

For Pate Island community members celebrating the first octopus fishery closures in Kenya, local fishery management has meant much more than just improving catches

/ Jan 29, 2020

PHE training brings new partners together in the Lamu Archipelago

By working in partnership using the PHE approach, Safari Doctors and the Northern Rangeland Trust are looking to increase their impact in isolated communities in Kenya.

/ May 2, 2018