Tourism and conservation activities at Kenya’s south
Coast were yesterday boosted by the launch of the Sh80 million
Shimoni tourist jetty and patrol boat at Kisite Mpunguti Marine
National Park in Kwale County.
The event was presided over by Mr.
Harun Khator, the Director of Administration in the State
Department of Fisheries and Blue Economy who said the projects
would assist fisheries and blue economy in Kwale.
He said the government was committed
to putting in place appropriate policy and legal frameworks to
support the fisheries and blue economy sector.
He noted that the new Fisheries
Management and Development Act 2016 had provided for the
establishment of new institutions, including the Kenya Fisheries
Service, Kenya Fish Levy Trust Fund, Kenya Fisheries Advisory
Council and Fisheries Marketing Authority.
Other guests at yesterday’s launch
included representatives from Kenya Wildlife Service, Marine
Police, Kenya Defence Forces, Kwale and Lamu County Conservation
and Compensation Committee chairmen, boat operators, tour
operators and the local community.
The commissioned projects were funded
by the World Bank and implemented by the Kenya Coastal
Development Project bringing together seven government agencies,
including Kenya Wildlife Service.
KCDP has been fully aligned with the
government’s Vision 2030 development blueprint through support
for tourism development, management of natural resources and for
The jetty is expected to ease
congestion of users at the Shimoni fisheries jetty and to
minimize any negative incidences experienced by tourists as they
access the marine protected area.
The jetty together with the
rehabilitated Sheldrick Falls tourist site at Shimba Hills
National Reserve are expected to rejuvenate tourism, one of the
key sectors through which KWS contributes to the national
KCDP has also funded a number of other
activities in the areas of institutional capacity building,
protected area management effectiveness improvement, and in
reduction of human-wildlife conflict.
• Renovation of Mombasa and Shimoni
stations, purchase of one patrol boat, training of 46 staff
on diving and 52 on strategic adaptive management has
enhanced the institution’s capacity to manage protected
• Purchase and installation of mooring
buoys at Kisite-Mpunguti, Mombasa, Watamu, Malindi and at
Kiunga Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
This provides a critical dimension in
assisting in enforcement of management rules and regulations
through efficient demarcation of MPA boundaries and different
• Information obtained from
biodiversity assessments for Shimba Hills National Reserve,
Kisite-Mpunguti, Malindi and Watamu MPAs, and from an aerial
wildlife census for Lamu area is useful in informing
management decisions towards conservation of wildlife and
their habitats in respective areas.
Moreover, an installation of an
Integrated Coastal Biodiversity Information Management System at
Mombasa station will facilitate information sharing among
• The project has seen various
documents developed including, Sable antelope, and Coral
reef and Sea grass conservation strategies, management plans
for Witu Forest Ecosystem, Kisite-Mpunguti, Watamu and
These documents will guide in
conservation and management of species and critical habitats of