Mikoko Pamoja project highlighted at COP21
A community project set up by ESPA researcher Mark Huxham has been highlighted in a publication launched at COP21, the Paris conference that led to the historic international climate agreement reached last year.
Mikoko Pamoja - one of the first carbon credit projects for mangroves - featured as a case study in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s publication African Solutions in a Rapidly Changing World.
Mikoko Pamoja is a community-led conservation and restoration project in Gazi Bay, Kenya, which uses carbon offsets to conserve the mangroves, generating income to cover project costs and allocate funds to community projects.
Mangroves in the area have been exploited for many years for building poles and fuelwood. Losses of the mangroves have led to shortages of resources, reduction in fisheries and increased shoreline erosion. Mangroves also play an important role in climate change due to their exceptional ability to absorb carbon and store it safely underground so their continued degradation also leads to reduced carbon sequestration and emissions of stored carbon as greenhouse gases.
Initiatives developed by the Mikoko Pamoja project are helping to alleviate pressure on the forest and plant new trees, resulting in improved forest conservation and mangrove productivity, whilst the community fund is helping to raise improved education standards and provide new, safe supplies of water.