Giriama (Robinson) Island, Kenya
Mangroves are able to sequester carbon out of the atmosphere 10 times faster than forests, making mangroves one of the most effective resources to address climate change. The shrub-like plant grows in the intertidal zone, mitigates the impacts of storm events and wave action, and improves water quality and clarity by filtering out pollutants and trapping sediment coming from land. Mangroves also provide essential habitats for native fish, and in this region, serve as nesting grounds for endangered species like green and hawksbill turtles, and a feeding ground for olive ridley and loggerhead turtles. In Giriama, exploitive salt mining industries have contributed to the loss of mangrove forests, along with contaminating local drinking water supplies.
Seacology will build local partnerships with residents of Giriama (Robinson) Island, Kenya to protect existing mangroves and restore those lost to destructive practices. Additionally, Seacology will provide access to a supply of consistent and safe drinking water, a need that has been amplified by salt mining.
Seacology is a California-based nonprofit, with a mission to work with islanders around the world to protect threatened ecosystems and help their local communities by offering villages a unique deal: if they agree to create a forest or marine reserve, Seacology provides funds for something the village needs, like clean drinking water, a schoolhouse or health clinic. Since 1991, it has launched more than 300 projects, working with villages on islands in 61 countries, helping to protect approximately 1.3 million acres of some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems.