A technical feasibility study has been done with positive outcome. However, support from all stakeholders is needed before the restoration project can be scaled up. REEFolution aims for an agreement between all local stakeholders to install fish breeding zones and artisan fishing zones that will be actively protected by KWS (Kenyan Wildlife Services) patrols.
Coral tree nursery site of the pilot project
The plan is to grow 5812 coral fragments for restoration in a time spam of 2 years
Designated restoration area
The restoration area is 1500m²
Prospects for the restoration area
These are pictures from the restored coral reefs in Shimoni.
Diani-Chale National Marine Reserve
In 1998 a major coral bleaching event devastated the coral reefs in South Kenya. Only marine protected areas showed some signs of recovery. Unfortunately Diani-Chale National Marine Reserve was only established on paper and was never enforced accordingly and never exploited sustainably. This led to the further decline of the coral reefs in the reserve. The prospects of these coral reefs do not look promising unless proper passive and active management takes place.
With the expertise gained from the Shimoni project, REEFolution has set-up a coral restoration pilot project in Diani. This project is run by Guido Paap and Peter Vodegel in collaboration with Swahili Beach Resort. The goal is to actively restore coral reefs together with the local community and other stakeholders who will profit from the benefits of a healthy reef.
With the ultimate goal a restored Diani-Chale National Marine Reserve thanks to a couple of coral restoration projects and sustainable use of the reserve.
More than just a project
The most successful method to gain support from the local community for making sustainable use of the reef is for them to see the benefits with their own eyes. We like to invite fishermen and stakeholders to the project site, so they can see the rich abundance of recovered marine life. Diani Beach can also form a key role in marine conservation in Kenya, as it is one of the most popular beach holiday destinations in East Africa.
Guido Paap, Coordinator, Dive Instructor, Graphic Designer
Restoring Diani-Chale National Marine Reserve
Currently we are in the process of getting a permit from NEMA (National Environmental Management Agency) in collaboration with KWS (Kenyan Wildlife Services) to proceed with the project to restore 1500m².
We plan to grow coral fragments in coral tree nurseries (see below). Once the corals have grown to a substantial size these corals will be brought back to the degraded reef and are planted on artificial reef structures similar to the ones at the Shimoni project (see below). During the process we would like to show stakeholders the success of the project, to promote proper sustainable management of coral reefs and to promote a few more coral restoration projects in Diani-Chale National Marine Reserve so other key coral reefs can be restored.
Peter Vodegel, Marine biologist, Project Leader
Be part of our first wave and lets create a tsunami
With your help we can start this first project and get the ball rolling to restore the entire Diani-Chale National Marine Reserve and eventually restore coral reefs along the East African coast. Donate or send us an e-mail if you would like to contribute.
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