The Impact of Imperial Bank Ltd's Receivership
On 13th October 2015, Imperial Bank of Kenya went into statutory receivership with the Central Bank of Kenya. This has effectively frozen the finances of many businesses, organisations, groups and individuals across the country, Local Ocean Trust included. Over a month on, this situation is having a crippling effect on Watamu and the rest of Kenya. Today we bring you the story of the Watamu Education Movement Association (WEMA) as an example of a dedicated community group who are, like the rest of us, trying to continue their activities as best they can without access to their hard earned funds. WEMA is one of 21 community groups which Local Ocean Trust works closely with to provide advice and support.
Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume With Care.
World Environment Day was established in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly and is celebrated each year on the 5th of June to raise global awareness in taking positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet.
A lifetime spent saving turtles.
Recently, our Watamu Community Liaison Officer, Athman, was in Malindi to visit an old man who has a very special relationship with Watamu Turtle Watch. The old man’s son had earlier come to bring greetings from his father to Athman, with whom he has worked together and has a long standing friendship.
Making a Change for Tomorrow
Watamu Young Fishermen group is a registered self-help group with 40 members. The majority of members are between 18 and 30 years old and have had very little formal education to make them competent in the job market. They turn to fishing as an alternative source of income and food for their families. What they lack in formal education they make up for in the extensive knowledge they have about the ocean.
11,158 turtle releases and counting ....
We love being able to share with you the special moment when we are able to release turtles back to the ocean. It's an everyday occurence for us here at Local Ocean Trust but that doesn't make it any less of a magical experience every time. This recent release from Watamu beach on a lovely sunny day was a juvenille Hawksbill turtle. This is a critically endangered species and each one we are able to release back into the ocean makes a huge difference in reduce the decline of Hawksbill turtle populations.
Check out this video of our 11,158th release!
All the info on the 2nd quater of the year.
The weather has been very cool in Watamu and the tides just perfect for nesting turtles. It is the low season and the SE monsoon winds have deposited sea weed and all things trash on Watamu beach. Not to be deterred the nesting females have made 24 nests this quarter.
A fantastic local group with conservation at heart!
This group was established in 1997 with the aim of conserving the mangrove forest adjacent to their village, Dongo Kundu. The group comprises of men and women whose activities and source of livelihoods include fishing, trading, farming and other small businesses.
Green turtle saved by local vet
A stunning green turtle with fibropapillomatosis tumours, rescued, rehabilitated and released!
Sustainable Fuel Source
How can you cook using a giant bag and some cow dung?
A few days ago we had a Flexi Biogas System installed which was donated to us through the COAST project.