Kenya: Community-based marine area holds some important lessons for policy makers
Kate Lee, IIED blog, 14 November 2011

LONDON, UK: Kenya’s first community-based marine protected area Kuruwitu Conservation and Welfare Association (KCWA) was initiated by the local community following concerns over an increasing decline in fish and coral cover in their local onshore fishing area. The theory behind community-based management projects is that devolving control and power to local people causes greater empowerment and ownership over resources, leading to a greater likelihood of resources being conserved and managed effectively. In partnership with the East African Wildlife Society (EAWS), the KCWA effectively established a small (two square km) no take zone, around Kuruwitu’s primary fishery landing site,  which was monitored and guarded by community members. Read the post …