More than 3,000 residents of Mida Creek in Kilifi County are set to benefit from the first ever sustainable blue economy project aimed at promoting conservation.
The project mainly targets a group of women who engage in mangrove planting to promote cultural tourism, fishing, marine culture and eco-tourism.
The members of Bidii na Kazi women group in Kilifi county are the first beneficiaries of a 2 million shillings allocation from a United Kingdom organization which will finance their mangrove planting initiative that will not only support their livelihoods but also broaden their efforts of sustainable conservation of one of the world’s key ecological sites.
Arafa Salim Baya a conservationist who is a member of Bidii na kazi women group consisting of 19 women said their aim is to create sustainable projects that will benefit the entire community of Mida creek.
Their vision is to ensure community members are engaged in sustainable conservation projects that also generates income to prevent destruction of mangroves in the key ecological zone.
The women plan to set up a restaurant, buy a boat for excursion within the rich sites, and initiate butterfly and fish farming.
The long term project which will be done in partnership with National Museums of Kenya and the larger Mida Creek Community together with a team of foreign film makers shall involve documenting the cultural activities and stories that will then be uploaded on an online platform.