COMRED as part of providing local solutions to local problems dedicates a substantial amount of its efforts towards capacity building of coastal and marine stakeholders from resource managers to community level resource users.
COMRED is currently implementing a GEF SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME and the Project Title as Reaping benefits from a marine co-management area, the Project beneficiaries being Msambweni Turtle and Marine Conservation Group (MTMCG) and Munje Beach Management Unit (BMU).
The project under review is located in Msambweni sub-county, Kwale County. The community in this area heavily depends on marine resources for livelihood with fishing related activities employing an estimated 80% of households. Additionally, limited livelihood options have seen increased entry into the fisheries, compounding the problem of overfishing. Within the community, there is limited knowledge on significance of marine resources that has also contributed to environmental degradation. Overfishing has also been cited as a problem facing fisheries resources. Another critical facing the community and marine resources has been lack of alternative livelihood options and hence alot of focus has been directed at exploiting the limited available marine resources.
The main goal of the project is to promote conservation and protection of the marine environment and improve income of the local community.
The project has three key specific objectives as:-
1. To establish a co-management area
2. To enhance education and awareness among resource users
3. To promote alternative livelihood options