Mikoko Project: Conservation & Resilience of Kenya's Mangrove Forests

First Community Assessment – Lamu Island

This four day (25th to 28th November 2019) first community assessment mission was a follow-up from the scientific workshop and field visit that took place between 11th and 13th of September 2019. The main aim of the mission was to bring together local communities involved directly in any segment of the mangrove value chain to learn about the Mikoko project and explore ways in which these communities could be involved in the project.

This first community assessment mission was organized in two parts: the first part was a three-day community engagement exercise in 5 villages within Lamu while the second part was a day’s workshop with the community members.

  1. Community engagement exercise Day one began by discussions on the scope of the study thus it was agreed that Kizuke should be the boundary to the south and Kiunga Marine Reserve should be the boundary to the north, within which the project activities should focus. This was followed by a discussion to understand how the sampling of BMUs was done with support from KFS. Mr. Maneno indicated that first they had a list of 40 BMUs registered in Lamu. Those without any aspects of mangroves in their portfolio were eliminated thus the number went down to 35. 3 of the 35 BMUs were not near the sea so the list was narrowed to 32. Moreover, some BMUs were close to each other thus no significant different in their dynamics thus one was selected to represent the rest.

The project team further agreed on the logistics regarding which communities to visit the following two days, departure times and what to expect during the community engagement exercise. The team also carried out two interviews with the chairpersons of two CFAs and a cutter. All this information was collated with the rest of the community engagement exercise that took place on the 26th and 27th.

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