Within that framework of Mikoko project, the IRD and CIRAD organized a 4-day training workshop on “MANGROVE ECOSYSTEM TRAINING COURSE” that took place in National Museum of KenyaGede, Kilifi County, from 18th to 21st of February 2020. The training brought together some key stakeholders such as local community leaders and the KFS Ecosystem Conservators from the Kenyan coastal area. The trainers were drawn from Egerton University, National Museum of Kenya (NMK), KFS, KEFRI, KMFRI and KWS. The training was designed to reinforce capacities of the frontline staff of the KFS and local communities and work jointly to ensure conservation of the biodiversity resources of mangrove ecosystem. In this regard, the training involved an overview of mangrove ecosystem under different aspects. More specifically, participants/ key stakeholders were informed on what has been done and the gaps that needs to be addressed as well as the way forward on the management and effective conservation of the mangrove ecosystems.
The goal of the training was covered in the 17 sessions structured over the Training period.
Overall, the Training was a success and remains to be fruitful in many respects. The Training provided the opportunity for rich discussions and interactions between the trainers and trainees on the key areas: the status, conservation and management of mangrove ecosystem. Also the discussions touched on the socio-economic aspects and the governance issues related to the mangrove forests. Through this training, capacity was build, especially to those who participated from communities in understanding sustainable ways of utilization of the mangroves resources, assessment and analysis of making best mangrove value chain and value addition to its products among others.
In addition the Training provided a unique opportunity to hear and get feedbacks on the constraints encountered in grass root conservation of mangrove forests and possible policy options for Participatory Forest Management Plan.
Apart from developing capacities, the Training was instrumental in fostering open dialogue, networking and partnerships as an essential step in involving all the stakeholders given the attendance of the participants, mutual exchanges of views and experiences among them and formal interactions during breaks and after hours which is further reflected in evaluation forms submitted by participants at the end of the Training.