Silvo-fishery Enterprises in Coastal Communities
Conserving coastal resources and eradicating poverty through community-based entrepreneurship
The initiative encourages community stewardship and conservation of coastal environmental resources by promoting nature-based enterprises that are economically beneficial. It does so by providing training in aquaculture, mariculture, mangrove cultivation, bee-keeping, and more, by organising beach clean-ups, and establishing “Community Forest Associations”. The initiative promotes environmental conservation by developing community-based, economically sustainable businesses. We work closely with community-based organisations to provide the right alternative livelihoods training for women, young people and artisanal fishermen. Trainings include aqua-silviculture – aquaculture, mariculture and mangrove cultivation – bee-keeping and neem production. By using adaptive management the initiative ensures that feedback from all partners is taken into account in its growth and development. At the same time it supports community development through active follow-up activities.
The Kwetu Training Centre for Sustainable Development (“Kwetu”) pioneered community mariculture ten years ago and leads the implementation of the initiative’s activities.
Upendo Shika Lako Women’s Group is a community-based organisation, a beneficiary of the initiative and project implementer
Act! Kenya, a national NGO which supports organisational capacity building, has partnered with Kwetu to introduce beekeeping activities in Msambweni District
CORDIO East Africa conducts supporting research into community mariculture and artisanal fishing.
The African Insect Science for Food and Health (ICIPE) conducts supporting research into beekeeping and honey production.