96492
Saplings Planted
498
Households Involved
117
Hectares Conserved
6500
Villagers Involved

Mangroves and People

Our Mikoko Pamoja mangrove conservation project in Souther Kenya mitigates climate change, alleviates poverty and conserves critically endangered mangrove ecosystems.

Recent Achievements

Mikoko Pamoja won the UNDP Equator Prize in 2017, a testament to the work and dedication that our local teams and the beneficial villages have upheld over the past 5 years. 

Through this award, our combined efforts were recognised by the Leonard DiCaprio Foundation, who have since granted us $50,000 in seed funding to scale this project to the Vanga mangrove coastal zone.

Vanga Project

Scaling the success of Mikoko Pamoja

The Vanga mangrove reserve sits on the Kenyan and Tanzanian border, and is a result of and testament to the success of Mikoko Pamoja.

Building on the success of the world’s first mangrove carbon offsetting project, Vanga is taking Mikoko Pamoja and scaling it to a forest four times the size. That means more carbon locked in, more nature conserved and more communities advanced.

Check-out the project page to find out more and support Vanga by donating below. 

Funders & Clients

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Recent Community Projects

Village Water

During a community Bazara, local’s decided to prioritise the extension of community water projects in both local villages involved in Mikoko Pamoja.

Permaculture

A youth group decided to spend revenue earned through Mikoko Pamoja on creating a permaculture project to create a source of sustainable food within Makongeni Village.

Woodstoves

Several wood stoves were purchased to reduce the amount of wood needed for cooking, and in turn reduce the amount of mangroves trees used in this process.

Football Teams

The community project leaders decided that they would invest in creating football teams in each village and provide physical education for all children through funds earned in Mikoko Pamoja. 

Roofing

Both communities recently decided to buy new roofing for their primary schools to support kids and teachers in creating a welcoming and enjoyable local learning environment.

Surveillance Tower

The community recently built a watch tower to improve monitoring of the mangrove reserve and enforce its protection. 

Partners

Our Team

Robyn Shilland

Trustee
Robyn coordinates the Mikoko Pamoja and Vanga projects, manages our finances and is responsible for delivering our project objectives in Kenya and the UK.

Mark Huxham

Trustee
Mark steers the ship, liaising with our funders, conducting research and developing new projects such as Vanga.

Anita Ogilvie

Trustee
Anita develops our corporate relationships, chairs the board of trustees and implements our long-term strategy.

Lucas Ruzo

Trustee
Lucas manages our website and online advertising to develop new revenue streams, and oversees social media and client on-boarding.

Martin Skov

Trustee
Martin develops & coordinates research projects and works with our BSc and MSc students to develop projects in Kenya and the UK.

Guided by Research

 

Working with locals

The success of our work is intimately tied to the people who lead on its delivery on the ground. People who live in towns around restoration sites, and researchers stationed in outposts dedicated to monitoring and evaluating progress over time. Explore some of our recent research in the menus to the right.

 

 

Climate Change

Our climate has changed significantly over the past century, driven by our insatiable appetite for economic development. This has meant that our weather systems have become more unpredictable, and that the climate as a whole is getting warmer. Explore some of our research to find out how protecting mangrove forests can help mitigate the impacts of these changes. 

 

 

Mangroves & Seagrasses

Our work to conserve mangroves and seagrasses will form an increasingly important component of nature based solutions to mitigating climate change. Explore some of our latest research into how protecting these life support systems can benefit us all.