A Small Scale Carbon-offset Project in Mangroves

Although mangrove forests occupy only 0.1% of the earth’s continental surface, the forests account for 11% of the total input of terrestrial carbon into the ocean.  However, loss and transformation of mangrove areas in Kenya is affecting local livelihoods through shortage of firewood and building poles, reduction in fisheries, and increased erosion.

Mikoko Pamoja is a small scale carbon feasibility project in the South Coast of Kenya that aims at enhancing mangrove productivity and integrity by carrying out activities that benefit local communities and that could be eligible for attracting carbon investment.The project P.I.N was developed using Plan vivo standards.  

Initially the Project started by protecting 107 ha of mangrove forest at Gazi bay in addition to replanting 0.4 ha in the degraded areas per annum, over a Project time-scale of 20 years. Carbon capture through the Project is conservatively estimated at 2500 tonnes CO2 yr-1, which is derived from a mix of avoided deforestation, prevented forest degradation and reforestation activities.  Through these activities, the Project generates an estimated income from the sale of Carbon credits, enough to cover the project expenses and contribute to the needs of the local community. 

 

 Activities

  • Mapping of the 107 hectares of mangroves
  • Rehabilitation of the degraded mangrove areas
  • Monitoring of replanted and conserved mangrove areas,
  • Establishing Casuarina woodlots
  • Promotion of alternative livelihood activities such as ecotourism
     

  Output in the first 12 months

  • Plan Vivo certification of the Project
  • 3000 Casuarina tree planted
  • 07 hectares or more of conserved mangroves by the community
  • A Community Forest Association registered and active in the project activities
  • Improved awareness and knowledge on sustainable utilization of mangrove products and services

 

Project Coordinator; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      Plan Vivo Foundation