CESEA - Coastal Ecosystem Services in East Africa

Lead PI
Professor Mark Huxham
Institution
Edinburgh Napier University
Start Date
1 October, 2013
End Date
31 October, 2016
Project Code
NE/L001535/1

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 will help 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 engagemnet with local comunites
  • research how to emulate the success of mangrove payments for ecosystem services for seagrasses which provide similar carbon capture benefits
  • explore why some communities in East Africa ahave a good record of managing their mangroves and seagrasses, whilst others have degraded ecosystems

Further information:

 

Name Role Organisation Country
Professor Mark Huxham Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
Professor Mark Huxham Lead Principal Investigator Edinburgh Napier University United Kingdom
Dr Narriman Jiddawi Co Investigator University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania, United Republic of
Dr James Gitundu Kairo Co Investigator Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Inst Kenya
Professor Hilary Kennedy Co Investigator Bangor University United Kingdom
Dr Mwita Mangora Co Investigator University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania, United Republic of
Dr Fiona Nunan Co Investigator University of Birmingham United Kingdom
Dr Martin Skov Co Investigator Bangor University United Kingdom
Dr Caroline Upton Co Investigator University of Leicester United Kingdom
Ms Caroline Wanjiru Research Associate KMFRI Kenya