Coastal and Marine Resource Development
WHO WE ARE
The Kenyan coast boasts diverse marine ecosystems that support local communities and contribute to livelihoods and economic development. However, despite this significance, the region remains underdeveloped, with high poverty rates.
In 2006, three young Kenyans had an ambitious plan to nurture practical solutions to the challenges facing coastal and marine environments and the people who depend on them. 16 years later, this organisation, COMRED, has grown from six staff to a team of 20, driven by a shared mission. We believe through impactful solutions and partnerships, we can turn the tide for these coastal communities and marine environments.
Coastal Kenya is rich in marine ecosystems that offer numerous benefits to communities who rely on it for employment, livelihoods and nutrition. We support coastal communities through various projects such as:
We identified an area of opportunity to support coastal communities that rely on marine resources for survival. Working with various partners and associations we ensure the delivery of impactful solutions for coastal communities and cities and conserve coastal and marine environments. Our focus is the Shimoni-Vanga Ecosystem and Malindi Ungwana bay, an ecologically sensitive area of global and national significance bordering the Southern coast of Kenya and Northern Tanzania.
Smart and Sustainable Cities
Recognising the vital role coastal cities and ports play in the socio-economic development of these regions, COMRED created a Sustainable Cities programme to address challenges such as spatial planning, governance of resources and policy in the face of climate change.
Coastal zones connect land to sea and COMRED started a sustainable cities program to address challenges facing coastal cities and ports such as spatial planning, governance of resources and policy in the face of Climate Change. Additionally, this program complements our previous interventions in marine conservation and is designed to facilitate transformation of coastal cities to be smart and sustainable.
The Cities program has commenced two flagship projects, Miji Bora and Bandari bora. These were implemented in Mombasa, while drawing key learnings from Durban, South Africa and Moroni, Comoros with the vision of expanding to other coastal cities in the region that face similar challenges.
Through this programme, COMRED enabled women to better manage marine resources and benefit from them. It also mapped the indigenous knowledge system used by the community in conservation and climate-related interventions.
The Kenyan coast is a highly productive ecosystem that has everything from mangroves and wetlands to coastal forests and coral reefs. Despite this, it is one of the least developed regions in the country, with more than 62% of people living below the poverty line.
OUR IMPACT AT A GLANCE
Our annual newsletter highlights our program impacts and updates on livelihood and conservation activities and milestones.