Mikoko Pamoja – Kenya // GO BACK

Mikoko Pamoja is a community-led mangrove conservation and restoration project based in southern Kenya.

Its aim is to provide long-term incentives for mangrove protection and restoration through community involvement and benefit.

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Mikoko Pamoja is a community-led mangrove conservation and restoration project in Gazi Bay, Kenya. It involves community-based policing of illegal mangrove harvesting, as well as the application of local expertise in mangrove planting.

Mangroves provide a wide range of ecosystem services, including coastal protection, nursery habitat for fish and water purification. Along with a wide range of associated ecological benefits including improved fisheries wildlife habitat and coastal protection, the project seeks to raise income from forest resources, including carbon credits and other income
generating activities such as beekeeping and ecotourism, for community benefit.

The project is managed by three groups: The Mikoko Pamoja Community Organization (MPCO) consists of representatives of Gazi Bay, specifically Gazi and Makongeni villages; The Mikoko Pamoja Steering Group (MPSG) which provides technical support to the MPCO; and the project coordinator, The Association for Coastal Ecosystem Services (ACES), a charity registered in Scotland.


Gazi Bay, Kenya

Operational Since:


Project Coordinator:

Association for Coastal Ecosystem Services (ACES)

PVCS Issued to date:


Area of land under management:

117 ha.


2 village groups (498 households)

Project interventions:

  • Reforestation
  • Avoided Deforestation

Project Registration in 2014
Verification due in 2018




Project Location

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July 2017| Mikoko Pamoja wins the prestigious Equator Prize for its innovative work on protecting mangrove ecosystems. Read more here.

September 2016  Mikoko Pamoja featured in article by Reuters on mangrove protection Protecting mangroves, Kenya's fishermen net cash - and more fish

February 2016 Mikoko Pamoja project featured in The Guardian Read full article here.

October 2013| Kenya Forest Service Director, Mr David K. Mbugua, officiated over the grand opening of the Mikoko Pamoja community project in Gazi Bay, Kenya.  The project, which aims to generate $12,000 annually through the sale of Plan Vivo Certificates and improve local small-scale business opportunities, is being launched in 2 village communities.  Find the press release here.