Partner project: Plant mangrove forests with Mikoko Pamoja
56,492 young mangrove trees have been planted, 117 hectares of mangrove forest is protected and 9,880 tons of CO2 have been stored (For an idea: your return flight from Amsterdam to East Africa emitted 1.5 tons!). In addition, there are 498 households that benefit from the conservation of these forests. Sounds great, doesn’t it? These are the current figures from the ‘Mikoko Pamoja’ project, and they are rising every day.
‘Mikoko Pamoja’ means ‘Mangroves together’ – an appropriate name for our sustainable partner project! They contribute to the environment by planting mangrove forests in Gazi Bay, on the coast of southern Kenya. Mikoko Pamoja initiates a collaboration between local communities and national and international organisations in order to achieve their three goals. We call this the ‘triple win’: to fight global warming, to protect biodiversity and to improve the living conditions of local communities. They do this in two ways: by investing money, donations, and ‘carbon credits’ by planting and preserving mangrove forests (which act as the lungs of the earth and store an enormous amount of CO2!); and they also invest in the villages in the area. For example, 3,500 residents now have access to clean drinking water and 700 children have been provided with school materials such as books and notebooks. In addition to helping the earth – and the people! – there is another win for us: these mangrove forests on the azure coast are also an almighty beautiful natural beauty spot where you can paddle a kayak during a trip to Kenya! Win-win-win-WIN!