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Kenya: Trade in carbon credits puts fishing villages on global map
July 19, 2017
Two small fishing villages along the Kenyan coast have earned their place on the global map for an ingenious community-led carbon offset initiative that is also helping to conserve the region's rapidly disappearing mangrove forest cover.
Gazi and Makongeni villages, which are located in south Coast, are the site of the project that has earned its residents global acclaim for revolutionising the protection of mangrove trees.
Project Mikoko Pamoja, as it is officially known, is the first community-owned initiative of its kind in the world to use proceeds from sale of carbon credits to fund conservation of mangrove cover.
The funds are also channelled into the community's development in areas such as education and fishing, the community's main livelihood.