Mangrove conservation pays off for Kenya’s coastal communities. Locals hope the carbon-absorbing properties of the trees will help produce more income for communities around Gazi Bay once a “payment for ecosystem services” scheme dubbed Mikoko Pamoja is assessed and certified by Plan Vivo, a charity working on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).
According to project coordinator Noel Mbaru, the project covers about one-fifth of the 615-hectare Gazi Bay Mangrove Forest. The scheme is expected to sell carbon credits equivalent to 3,000 tonnes each year, earning the community about $15,000.
After re-planting the mangroves and building tourist facilities around it, this local Kenyan community could see that it was profitable to keep the mangroves healthy. Their livelyhoods now depend on keeping the Mangroves ecosystem alive and well. They founders/owners now make their livelyhoods from it.
It’s not ground-breaking economics, but the more and more stories we hear like this, the more proof we have it works. Finding these approaches possible in areas like Kenya is actually really important, even if it isn’t cutting edge anymore.
But this article also gets excited with upcoming potential carbon credits from this project under REDD. Again, not ground-breaking, but we need to see more everyday examples of these tools to know if they work.
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