These local fishermen off the Kenyan coast are helping the environment and helping themselves.They are volunteering in a government-run project to rehabilitate the coral reefs off Wasini Island that are degrading because of climate change.
The coral has made the island famous by making it a tourist attraction.It has developed our community because we now have many visitors who want to come and see how we are transplanting corals at Wasini. They come in large numbers.
And since corals host a huge and diverse ecosystem, rebuilding the reef means more fish for Wasini villagers to catch.We get 1.5 tons per hectare that the carbon stored below ground and if you add the the one which is stored above ground which is up to 500 tons.We’re talking about 2000 tons of carbon in the system.But since we have started cultivate corals from 2014 to 2015 we have seen an increase in the catch from 3000 to 4000.We are now getting about 4600 kilos of fish.
In nearby Ghazi Bay, conservation efforts are focused on the local mangrove forests.The mangroves play two vital roles in the local community. They act as a barrier to erosion and they store huge amounts of planet warming carbon.
In Ghazi we get 1.5 tons per hectare that is a carbon stored below ground and if you add there one which is out stored above ground which is up to 500, you are talking about 2000 tons carbon in the system.
The community here is working with the local government to plant 4000 mangrove trees every year that earns about 3000 carbon credits in the process.Each credit is worth about 5 dollars.In the last hundreds of years, we’ve lost at least one third of the world’s mangrove forests and they’re actually being lost at a rate at three to five times higher than average deforestation rates of other forests, so these are very vulnerable ecosystems.
Paying locals to restore the reefs and mangrove forests as part of Kenya’s commitment to reduce its carbon emissions 30% by 2030.
Kevin Enochs, VOA News.