Planting Region & Country
Marereni and Kurawa, Kenya, Africa
Type of Trees
Mangrove trees are halophyte plants that thrive in salt water. There are 9 species in Kenya; Avicennia marina, Rhizophora mucronata, Ceriops tagal , Lumnitzera racemosa, Bruguiera gymnorrhiza , Sonneratia alba, Xylocarpus granatum Koenig, Xylocarpus moluccensis
Key Impact Areas
Restoring Biodiversity & Habitats - Climate Stability - Social & Community impact
United Nations SDG's
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be achieved by 2030. This mangrove reforestation project supports 10 of the UN goals, helping to resolve many of the challenges and to achieve a better, more sustainable future for all. Our planting partner Eden Reforestation hires local people to reforest their region.
The Marereni and Kurawa planting site is a degraded mangrove forest of 2,630 hectares, north of Malindi Town. The local people face limited freshwater, poor road connectivity, and insufficient education facilities. Large-scale mangrove deforestation in this region results from land clearance for salt production, fuelwood, charcoal, and prawns. As a result, wild fisheries are in decline, and soil erosion threatens coastlines.
A consistent income tied to sustainable land-use practices will significantly improve the overall wellbeing of the community.
Planting mangrove trees will stimulate economic growth, breaking the cycle of poverty, and empowering the community. An estimated two thirds of the fish that are eaten in Kenya spend part of their lives in the mangroves which act as their breeding and nursery grounds. A mangrove ecosystem is therefore important in enhancing fishery production and since fishery is the main source of income for coastal communities, the fisheries supported by the mangrove ecosystem become an important source of livelihood.