Mangrove Reforestation

Lamu Archipelago currently holds 61% of Kenya’s mangrove forests. Mangroves are a vital part of the global environment and store double the carbon of the Earth’s terrestrial forests.   

As well as being vital for carbon capture, mangroves play a crucial role in the environment;  

  • By acting as a shock absorber against shifting climatic conditions  
  • Providing a key area for biodiversity by acting as nesting and migratory sites for hundreds of bird species, as well as providing a home to a wide variety of reptile, amphibian and mammal species. 
  • Acting as a buffer between the land and surrounding open ocean  
  • Preventing soil erosion  
  • Maintaining water quality by filtering pollutants 

Currently, there is little oversight for the harvesting of mangrove trees.Although there are protected areas of mangrove forests throughout the archipelago, illegal logging persists. More awareness and education is needed surrounding the importance of mangroves. Especially as the population grows and construction increases.  

Mangrove planting and nurseries are an ideal way to engage people and a possible way of providing ethical and sustainable incomes. Finally, as the Lamu archipelago holds the majority of Kenya’s mangrove it is worth investigating the efficacy of a Mangrove Forest Carbon Offset programme.