The Nature Conservancy is working with NRT-Coast to develop and implement co-management plans for the waters around Pate Island, Lamu.
Pate Island is a vital mangrove habitat - it is said that more than 67% of Kenya's mangroves are in Lamu County. The beaches along its shores are also important turtle nest sites. Protecting these habitats, and the fish upon which the Pate population depend, is vital in ensuring a sustainable future for the island's people.
Overfishing, mangrove deforestation and declining turtle numbers aren't unique to Pate - these are challenges that threaten livelihoods all along the Lamu coastline. Pate Community Conservancy has established Beach Management Units, which give local communities the opportunity to take advantage of innovative co-management structures. These have been developed in partership with NRT, TNC and the Lamu County Government, using the latest science to design effective fisheries co-management areas. In this plan, the first of its kind, 5 different zones were proposed including a multi-use zone, no-take zone, species-specific zone, seasonal closure and gear restriction zone. It is hoped similar maps can be developed for the other coastal conservancies.