Mikoko Pamoja, a Plan Vivo project, uses a certain framework for developing and managing community-based land-use projects with long-term carbon, livelihood and ecosystem benefits. The project was proposed by the “Tidal forests of Kenya team”, collaboration between Earthwatch International, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute and the Gazi community.
The main objective of this project is to channel finance to the protection and restoration of mangrove ecosystems in Kenya through the provision of payment for quantifiable ecosystem services. It aims to increase the quality and extent of the current forest and maintain and enhance carbon sinks.
- protect, enhance and expand an area of mangroves in Gazi Bay;
- preserve the current quality and extent of the mangrove forests and the services they provide to local communities as well as restoring degraded areas of mangrove forest in Gazi Bay;
- raise income from forest resources, including carbon credits for community benefit and establish alternative sources of timber and firewood in the Gazi area;
- aim to establish a pilot project demonstrating sustainable mangrove management that will influence mangrove management nationally in Kenya;
- work with the Kenya Forest Service and other government agencies to determine policy about engaging communities in land management, particularly through the provision on ecosystem services through international carbon offset markets.
- Delineation and mapping of protected areas and monitoring and evaluating their development.
- Reforestation of degraded areas and maintenance of nurseries.
- Determination of the carbon storage capacity of the Gazi mangroves using remote sensing, GIS technology and intensive ground–truthing.
- Payment for Ecosystem Services, through expansion of community fund for financing community projects (Source: Plan Vivo 2010)
Location: Gazi Bay, Kenya
Project Type: Demonstration project
Area: 107 hectares
Methodology: remote sensing to determine the carbon storage capacity of the Gazi mangroves, GIS and intensive ground truthing
Project partners: Earthwatch International, and Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
- Jaimes Kairo, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
Plan Vivo (2010): Project Idea Note – Mikoko Pamoja. http://www.planvivo.org/wp-content/uploads/gazi_pin_PlanVivo_Kenya.pdf. Accessed September 9th, 2012