Wasini Island Marine Conservation Project
Wasini Island Marine Conservation Project
Wasini BMU Co-management area in one of the biodiversity hotspot in Kenya with high diversity of corals, fish species and seagrass beds. There are over 64 coral genera recorded within its waters in addition to over 250 species of fish and 5 species of turtles. The resources however face various threats which include overexploitation, resource use conflicts, and limited awareness among local community members of applicable national laws and policies and climate change.
The proposed project seeks to support the Wasini BMU through focused capacity building of the Wasini BMU Executive and Technical committee, targeted awareness programs of the Assembly and other stakeholders and development of a co-management plan for the co-management area.
The overall project objective is ‘a healthy coastal and marine environment providing sustainable benefits for present and future generations’ with the project objectives being:-
1.0 Build the capacity of the Wasini BMU through focused trainings on resource governance, conflict management, monitoring and surveillance
2.0 Support the development and approval of the Wasini BMU Co-management plan for the 350 ha co-management area
3.0 Support awareness and dissemination programs within Wasini BMU Assembly, local communities and other stakeholders
4.0 Support activities to rehabilitate or reduce pressure on the BMU co-management area including coral transplantations and alternative livelihood options
The project will be implemented by the Wasini BMU in collaboration with the Africa Nature Organization.
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Project Snapshot

Wasini Beach Management Unit
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 36,833.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 25,202.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
-The most commonly used strategy by the PIC to create awareness on the project were BMU meetings as reported by 41.4% (n=12) of the sample. Wasini BMU has been holding regular meetings to create awareness and sensitize its members on the UNDP SGP GEF project. The village, being a small island and that most of its livelihood are either directly or indirectly marine-related means that majority of the community members are BMU members. According to available records, the BMU has held a total of 7 meetings since the inception of the project. These meetings helped greatly in raising community awareness about the project. The second mostly used awareness raising strategy were public meetings (baraza) as reported by 31.0% (n=) of the respondents. The PIC took advantage of public meetings convened by local leaders to talk about the project, what it entailed and its benefits to the community. Such meetings were held either in the village or Shimoni Township. Since inception of the project, a total of 6 public meetings have been held.
Notable Community Participation
A Project Implementation Committee (PIC) will be established as the overall supervisory body of the project. The PIC will be chaired by the Wasini BMU with representation by other partners such as African Nature Organization, Fisheries Department, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute. One of the key roles of the PIC is approval of the project workplan and budget monitoring of the project implementation. It is expected that the PIC will not have more than 9 members with community members taking a bigger share of the PIC membership. The lead implementers of the proposed project are the Wasini Beach Management Unit (WBMU) and a local non-governmental organization, the African Nature OrganizationF. The planning and design of the proposed project has been developed by the two partners. Issues and various interventions proposed have been discussed and agreed on by the two organizations and communities that will be involved in the implementation of the project. At the start of the project, a Memorandum of Understanding will be drawn between the Wasini BMU and ANO that will identify the roles and responsibilities for each partner. The project has direct benefits to the local communities and members of the BMU within the Wasini Village and they have guaranteed their full support for its implementation.
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SGP Country office contact

Ms. Nancy Chege
(254-20) 7624473
(254-20) 621076


UNDP, P.O. Box 30218
Nairobi, 00100
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