The Kenya Forest Service (KFS), with the French institutes IRD and Cirad, coordinates the Mikoko project. All capacities of KFS are involved and include ecosystem conservators from the Kenyan coast which includes the counties of Lamu, Tana river, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale. Through Mikoko, KFS aims to support the net increase in forest mangrove cover. This will be achieved through the sustainable management and use of the mangrove resources.
The French National Research institute for Development (IRD) is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary organisation working primarily in partnership with Mediterranean and inter-tropical countries.
IRD is a French public establishment operating under the joint authority of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Via its network and presence in fifty or so countries, it takes an original approach to research, expertise, training, and knowledge-sharing to the benefit of countries and regions that make science and innovation key drivers in their development.
- A rich community of more than 7,000 people including 2,050 IRD agents (851 researchers and 1,199 IRD engineers and technicians)
- 29% of agents working outside mainland France
- 72% research units
- 1,429 articles published in 2017 by IRD researchers in the Web of Science
- 62% of ci-publications with a partner in the South
CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, is an organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions.
CIRAD is a public establishment (EPIC) under the joint authority of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
Its activities concern the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences, applied to agriculture, food, the environment and territorial management. Its work centers on several main topics: food security, climate change, natural resource management, reduction of inequalities and poverty alleviation.
ICCA is the main partner to address and implement “higher education through post-graduate research” in the FSPI Mikoko. ICCA is a doctoral school designed to build human capacity to address the unique climate change adaptation needs of vulnerable communities through teaching, action-oriented research, development of innovative technologies and community participation. Under the FSPI Mikoko, ICCA is committed in
- (i) co-hosting all students involved in the project,
- (ii) co-building an international Mangrove research “summer school” module (1 week), to be further validated by any participating and volunteering higher education and research institution, and
- (iii) contributing to the mangrove monitoring and research component of the digital participatory platform on mangrove biodiversity.
NMK is involved through the contribution of museums of Gede and Lamu, and is strongly committed in reconstructing the past changes in mangrove, improving the current herbarium of mangrove species, as well as assisting the project in developing the digital participatory platform on mangrove biodiversity. The NMK Palynology laboratory is currently developing a tool for pollen of mangrove species identification, tool of a great need for the past climate reconstruction. Further, the KENWEB team of the ichthyology department at NMK is strongly involved in participatory research on wetlands (including mangrove) and coordinates the Kenyan contribution to international networks WIODER and DELTAS, which strongly interact with the FSPI Mikoko.
KEFRI – Kenya Forestry Research Institute, a regionally and internationally recognized public research organisation mandated to conduct interdisciplinary research within the organisation and in collaboration with other partners in forestry and allied natural resources. It plays a leading role in knowledge transfer, training and capacity building of user-oriented research for sustainable development.
KWS is in charge of the sustainable conservation, management, and enhancement Kenya’s wildlife, involved in assessing the biodiversity of Kenyan mangrove.
Egerton University’s Faculty of the Environment and the development of Natural Resources which counts with specialists on mangroves ecology enables the FSPI Mikoko carry out training activities and supervision of PhD students.
The FSPI Mikoko associated teachers from the College from the beginning of the activities, and it proposed to integrate specific mangrove training in their programs and to develop schemes of work for foresters to be trained to ensure that they have the expertise in sustainable management and conservation of mangroves. This will increase the critical mass of mangrove expertise who are currently lacking.
NEMA is a key adviser of the FSPI Mikoko team, due to its national mission to coordinate the various environmental management activities of different agencies, to promote the integration of environmental considerations into development policies, plans, programs and projects, and to undertake research and surveys. NEMA advised the implementation of the FSPI Mikoko along the Kenyan coast and most especially Lamu County. It will further contribute to integrate a “policy and decision makers” component into the digital biodiversity platform on mangrove biodiversity.
Lamu County has been chosen as the principal and reference county study and implementation area for rehabilitating the Kenyan mangrove. More than 70 per cent of the Kenyan mangrove cover is located in this county. Moreover, the Lamu community has been involved in Mangrove management since centuries, making “mikoko” a key natural heritage asset at national and regional scales, likely strategic to develop economically sustainable mangrove management at global scale. The county is and will be involved through several bodies. The ministry of Lands, Physical Planning, Housing, Urban Development, Infrastructure and Energy is involved in providing ICT expertise and data as a main contribution to the digital participatory platform on mangrove biodiversity. In addition, the national parliament constituency of Lamu (Hon. capt. R. Obo, MP) provides support to involve women groups (more than 150 women currently involved) into the local community partners of the project.