Mangroves play a vital role in coastal ecology and in sustaining and securing coastal communities. They reduce the harmful effects of coastal erosion, storms and flooding and are one of the most cost-effective methods of managing disaster risk along coastlines. Mangroves also provide a safe nursery for young marine life before they are ready to move further out to sea or populate coral reefs. As well as supporting and protecting marine life, mangroves provide nesting and migratory sites for hundreds of species of birds, which flourish among their branches.
Economically, mangroves provide livelihood opportunities for coastal communities through fisheries and ecotourism. The fish, shellfish and other food sources obtained from them play a vital role in the food security of neighboring communities. Mangroves also make a critical contribution to climate regulation through blue carbon capture.
Steve Misati plans to plant new forests, protect existing forests, and run regular educational workshops within the community to increase awareness of the work and encourage other coastal communities to take action for their mangrove forests.
SFACT is proud to contribute funding to this essential work for coastal communities in Kenya.