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Over 5,000 tonnes of atmospheric carbon emissions are mitigated annually

Mitigation of
climate change

The Blue Forests Project includes two project sites in Kenya, the first is Mikoko Pamoja located in Gazi Bay and the second is Vanga Blue Forest, located in nearby Vanga Bay on the  border with Tanzania. Both are community-based mangrove carbon finance projects certified through the Plan Vivo standard, and Mikoko Pamoja is the world’s first successful coastal 'blue carbon’ project, selling carbon credits with payments supporting mangrove conservation and restoration activities. Through the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, this project is part of the UNEP/GEF Blue Forests Project and has been replicated and upscaled in Kenya and Madagascar.
 

This page is an overview of the Mikoko Pamoja and Vanga Blue Forest projects. For an in-depth version of the Kenya case study, click here.

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Community-based blue carbon offsets conserve mangroves through the sale of carbon credits at two project sites in Kenya.

The aim of these voluntary carbon market projects is to provide long-term incentives for mangrove protection and restoration through community involvement and benefit sharing. Click each pathway icon for more information.

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Coastal blue carbon ecosystems have the potential to annually capture 0.5%-2% of the atmospheric carbon emitted globally.

Mitigating
climate change

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Carbon-offset initiatives require a scientific basis to determine carbon stocks and emission baselines, which is achieved through scientific collaboration.  Carbon baselines are assessed using approved IPCC methodologies and other protocols.

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Approximately one-third of the carbon income is invested in projects with local benefit. This has included education and clean water supply through the purchase of textbooks, sports uniforms, and other learning materials for 700 children and building of freshwater wells.

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Both local and national policy was needed to implement the VCM projects community association and Participatory Forestry Management Plan.

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To promote awareness and a general understanding of the local and global significance of mangrove ecosystem to the local communities, various stakeholder engagement forums were held during the inception, development, and implementation of the projects.