In 2019 we are launching Vanga Blue Forest, our second mangrove conservation project in southern Kenya. Through Vanga Blue Forest, 460 hectares of mangroves will be protected and community development projects will improve the livelihoods of 9,000 people in three villages: Vanga, Jimbo and Kiwegu.
After seeing the success that Mikoko Pamoja has had over the years in environmental protection and community development through conserving their mangroves, the Vanga community came together to protect their forest in the same way. We’ll be helping the Vanga team to fund their work through sale of carbon credits, the funds from which help towards both protecting the precious mangrove forests as well as providing social and economic benefits to the community such as school materials and village infrastructure.
Vanga Blue Forest will mean a huge expansion for us in terms of area and funding, being three times the size of the current Mikoko Pamoja site. We are incredibly grateful to have been awarded support from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation, United Nations Environment Programme and Global Environment Facility for the costs of establishing the site, and look forward to expanding our sales of carbon credits which will contribute to the ongoing funding.
We are delighted to see that the successes of Mikoko Pamoja are being recognised both internationally and locally, and that it is influential in encouraging others to protect their mangrove forests.