Vlinder

Vlinder Kenya Blue Carbon

Vlinder Kenya Blue Carbon project restores degraded mangrove areas and improves lives of vulnerable communities in Kwale, Kilifi and Tana River County in Kenya.

Vlinder Kenya Blue Carbon project aims to restore 1500 hectares of severely degraded mangroves in Kenya during 2021-2023.

Project type

Blue Carbon

Area

1,500 hectares

Emission removal capacity

731,165 t

UN Sustainable Development Goals addressed

Challenges

Today Kenya faces high rates of deforestation which endanger its fauna and flora as well as people's well-being. During the last 60 years, the forest cover in the country has dropped by 40%, losing about 12,000 hectares annually. Poverty is the main driver for deforestation, as people have to rely on charcoal for cooking and have to clear forests for agriculture. The lack of knowledge about the impact of deforestation is also a big driver.

Solution

The project aims to restore 1500 hectares of severely degraded mangroves in Shirazi, Bodo, Munje and Funzi of Kwale province during 2021-2023.

The potential for further replanting and forest protection is over 15,000 hectares. To realize this restoration potential Vlinder is partnering with the Kenya Forest Service and Umita, an impact project management company. The planters for the project are all members of CBOs (community-based organizations), who live in the area and have been caring for the forests for years. With the expertise from the local government, the CBOs will become long-term ecosystem stewards and enable the project's long-term success.

To ensure the project's long-term sustainability, Vlinder uses a community-based model to provide skills and jobs for the people who depend on mangroves fore their livelihoods, which supports families and gender equality.

By conducting continuous plantation maintenance, protection, and monitoring for the entire project period of 20 years, Vlinder contributes to making the lives of thousands of people residing in the project area more resilient to extreme weather events.

Environmental benefits

Mangrove forests are biodiverse habitats of great ecological significance

  1. Mangrove ecosystems serve as nurseries for fish, marine life and coral reefs, tropical birds, crocodiles and white elephants
  2. Mangrove roots act as a filtration system and capture silt preventing siltation in seagrass meadows and on coral reefs

Community benefits

The project introduces income generating activities and reduces poverty among the country's vulnerable coastal communities

  1. New jobs for local people
  2. Value-added livelihoods and new revenue streams (e.g. sustainable crab and shrimp farms, production of natural dyes from mangroves)
  3. Community education and upskilling
  4. Support to women: they make up more than two thirds of the project's local staf
  5. Improving food security and food diversity
  6. Fully addressing community firewood needs by providing woodlots and solar-powered cookstoves
  7. Protecting people in the project area from extreme weather events (tsunamis, floods)

Partner

"We at Umita have over 20 years of experience in community engagement and social development. The aspirations of the communities take centre-stage in our interventions. Having the full support of the Kenya Forest Service is very important to the success of our project and its long-term sustainability. We are happy to partner with Vlinder as they understand the value of community-first approach."

Isabella Masinde CEO at Umita

Progress

March 2021
First site visits and project discussions with the Kenyan Forest Service
May 2021
Identification and mapping out of degraded mangrove areas in Munje, Shirazi and Bodo in Kwale province
September 2021
Baseline socio-economic survey of the Shirazi-Funzi mangrove complex
December 2021
Meeting with CBO women's groups in Kwale, agreement on seedling preparation
February 2022
Workshop and meetings with the stakeholders on the project activities
April 2022
Soil and biodiversity measurements on the project sites, planting trees
September 2022
Planting of the first 50 ha started
December 2023
Planting of 1500 ha to be finished

Documents


Project description: VCS