Local Ocean Trust has built up a strong education
programme over the years. School visits are
arranged to LOT’s Marine Information Centre
well as our education co-ordinator conducting
to local schools. This is to encourage local
children to understand the importance and value of the
local marine life and environment.
Currently 30 local
are involved with the programme with more
than 100 pupils visiting the centre every week
during term time, to learn about a range of
conservation subjects including; mangrove
sustainability, coral reef ecosystems, turtle conservation and recycling.
LOT runs a Marine Scout programme
on Saturday mornings for students who show a particular interest in marine conservation. Every year interns from national and international universities
spend time with the project and LOT are able to support and facilitate their research projects. LOT also works with local fishing communities
and holds regular training and discussion workshops, mangrove planting, beach clean ups and monitoring.
Wider Work With the Community
The Local Ocean Trust is not just limited to direct work
with sea turtles. It also works very closely with local
. LOT has been responsible for assisting
with the start-up of many of the Watamu area’s
Fishing and Conservation Groups
. LOT are currently
engaged with 19 community groups
, including 5 Beach
Management Units (BMU’s)
We actively encourage the
groups we work with to engage in Alternative Income
Generating (AIG) activities
in order to lessen their
impact and pressure on the marine environment. There
is a high dependency on fishing and tourism for
livelihoods, which we believe to be detrimental in the
long run if their resources are not sustainably managed.
Many of these groups face challenges such as lack of
capacity, expertise, technical support and finances. LOT
provides the support and motivation
groups need in order to grow. Without LOT’s efforts, many of these groups would collapse.
LOT offer a constant presence in the community, organising training and capacity building workshops, as well as providing support, advice and any other assistance they can. LOT’s field monitors work in the communities around Mida Creek and North of Watamu almost every day of the year
and their outreach efforts have greatly increased community participation in LOT’s work. A more informed local community now regularly participates in organised beach clean ups, mangrove planting and other conservation activities as well as reporting on illegal activities and assisting with LOT’s sea turtle conservation initiatives
Finally LOT also actively campaigns about greater awareness, protection and conservation of the local marine national park, as well as generating awareness of issues and challenges facing Kenya’s coastline and its unique marine environment.