The Kwale County government, with support from COMRED and Naturecom (through the GEF Small Grants Programme), have established a multi-stakeholder forum comprising both national and county governments and non-state actors. The inaugural meeting was held on January 14th, 2020, with subsequent meetings taking place quarterly.
Emerging issues in the Shimoni-Vanga Seascape have attracted many local, national, and international stakeholders, interested in conserving and enhancing the management and use of its natural resources. However, inadequate coordination and alignment of activities has been a problem.
If natural resources are to be utilised and managed sustainably, then coordination is necessary to align and harmonise projects, activities and initiatives undertaken within the seascape.
The main goal of the forum is to develop a long-term working relationship among stakeholders in the Shimoni-Vanga Seascape in regard to coastal and marine natural resource use, management and development. This will enhance effective and collective decision-making and strengthen the conservation of natural resources.
Specific objectives of the Shimoni-Vanga Seascape Forum are:
- Bringing actors together with the purpose of building a shared vision and shared prosperity.
- Creating a platform for dialogue among actors on emerging issues and developments.
- Assimilating and disseminating information on conservation, management, development initiatives/projects, outcomes and impacts.
- Aligning and coordinating seascape natural resource conservation and management activities for effective use and management.
- Facilitating effective and collective decision-making to strengthen conservation of natural resources.
Membership of the Forum
The forum is open to organisations, institutions and private entities within and beyond the Shimoni-Vanga Seascape with interest in seascape coastal and marine resources management, utilisation and development. Current membership include:
- State actors (Statutory Agencies)
- Non-State Actors: Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and the Private Sector
- Academic and research institutions
Prospective members with presence in the seascape should contact the secretariat (Director of Fisheries, Kwale). Further information concerning the forum can be found on the Memorandum of establishment.
Sustainability of the Forum
During the inaugural meeting held in january 2020, members agreed on the following measures to ensure sustainability:
- Meetings of to be held quarterly or depending on need;
- Meetings to be held within the seascape area;
- Financing model;
- Members to support their own participation in Forum activities
- Cost-share with large projects by government and non-state actors
- Draft joint funding proposals and implementation
- Encourage members to include Forum costs as part of their proposals