Through our Coastal Hub, we are collaborating with partner organisations to ensure the legacy of existing restoration projects in Kilifi by centralising key ecological data.
Coastal Hub at Kilifi
The Coastal Hub is a recent development through which we aim to galvanise conservation and restoration efforts and provide expertise and resources to existing organisations. We collaborate with partner organisations to ensure the legacy of existing projects through the centralisation of key data aligned with Global Biodiversity Standards.
objectives & goals
To restore Kenya's degraded coastal habitats
To establish a botanic garden and an arboretum
To engage in partnerships with other coastal organisations
To conduct research on coastal ecosystems to inform best restoration practices
The hub is situated along Kilifi’s coastal forests, which are critical hotspots for restoration intervention. Forest patches in Kilifi County contain 51 threatened tree species and represent some of the last remaining fragments of the Eastern African Coastal Forest (EACF). EACF accounts for more than 50% of Kenya’s endangered, forest-dependent flora.
Hub Inception Workshop
The Coastal Hub Inception Workshop, held in Kilifi on March 1st-2nd 2023, was a gathering of diverse actors linked in our efforts to restore Kenya’s coastal habitats. Over the course of two days, the workshop provided a platform for sharing experiences, knowledge, and ideas, resulting in a deeper understanding of the current state of coastal ecosystems in Kenya and of the next shared steps to be taken.
Vanga Blue Forest (VBF) is a community led conservation with participation of 974 households.
CER-K’s role has been to monitor this project for Plan Vivo and incentivize long-term protection and restoration of mangrove forests by involving local communities and ensuring their benefits.
Dakatcha woodland is an unprotected forest patch with high biodiversity.
It is a targeted area for charcoal production and pineapple farming.
CER-K’s role is to support in developing a restoration action plan for the area.
The Green Heart Corridors is a 42-Ha conservation area within the Green Heart of Kenya, aimed at re-establishing and protecting flora and fauna biodiversity. CER-K role is to support advising on restoration plan and monitoring.
The Kaya Forests are the ancestral homelands of nine Mijikenda tribes: the Giriama, Digo, Duruma, Rabai, Kauma, Ribe, Jibana, Kambe, and Chonyi. These forests are sacred, and harbour incredible biodiversity, but have been under incessant deforestation.