CESEA - Coastal Ecosystem Services in East Africa

Background:

The CESEA project is a collaboration between scientists and researchers in Tanzania, Kenya and the UK to find new ways to help local people maintain their coastal resources whilst beating poverty, in particular those that rely on mangroves and seagrasses which are vital for fish, coastal protection and the capture and storage of carbon.

The project team assisted with the local and national management of these ecosystems by:

  • working with the forestry departments in Kenya and Zanzibar to open up new channels of engagement with local communities
  • researching how to emulate the success of mangrove payments for ecosystem services for seagrasses which provide similar carbon capture benefits
  • exploring why some communities in East Africa have a good record of managing their mangroves and seagrasses, whilst others have degraded ecosystems

Further information:

 

Lead Principal Investigator
Organisation: Edinburgh Napier University
Country: United Kingdom
Co Investigator
Organisation: University of Dar es Salaam
Country: Tanzania, United Republic of
Co Investigator
Organisation: Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Inst
Country: Kenya
Co Investigator
Organisation: Bangor University
Country: United Kingdom
Co Investigator
Organisation: University of Dar es Salaam
Country: Tanzania, United Republic of
Co Investigator
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Country: United Kingdom
Co Investigator
Organisation: Bangor University
Country: United Kingdom
Co Investigator
Organisation: University of Leicester
Country: United Kingdom
Research Associate
Organisation: KMFRI
Country: Kenya