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. This project is the first community-based project of this kind in the world to successfully trade mangrove carbon credits.

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Mikoko Pamoja is a community-led mangrove conservation and restoration project in Gazi Bay, Kenya. It involves both the prevention of deforestation of the local mangrove forest, as well community-based reforestation. The project also supports community development projects such as provision of schoolbooks, construction of school buildings and the provision of clean drinking water.

Mangroves provide a wide range of services and benefits to both the environment and the surrounding community. These include coastal protection, nursery habitat for fish including many species fished by the surrounding communities, water purification, improving biodiversity and sequestering large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. By raising income from forest resources, including carbon credits and other income-generating activities such as beekeeping and ecotourism, the project safeguards these benefits for the local community and for future generations.

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. You can support Mikoko Pamoja's work by donating to or buying carbon credits through ACES.


Gazi Bay (Kenya)

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Project Coordinator:

Association for Coastal Ecosystem Services (ACES)

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Area of Land under Management:

117 ha


498 Households

Project Interventions:

  • Reforestation
  • Avoided Deforestation

2014: Registration
2014: Validation
2017: Wins UNDP Equator prize

Coordinator Details:

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Project Location

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March 2020 | The Economist has just released a short film on Mikoko pamoja, the world's first blue carbon project, as part of their 'The Protectors' series on ocean conservation. The video shows the ambitions that the community has to increase the benefits that the project provides and include sea grass in their carbon credit sales. It also shows the power that community ownership and engagement can have for creating a good project. Watch the video.

December 2018 | The positive work of the Mikoko Pamoja project has again been recognised by a UNDP Equator Initiative. Read more

February 2019 |  Congratulations to Mikoko Pamoja's Dr James Kairo, whose contribution to conservation research has rewarded him with a PEW fellowship in marine conservation. He is one of only 8 receive this award. Read more

June 2018 | The Kenyan Ministry of environment and forestry Hon. Keriako Tobiko visited Mikoko Pamoja project area in Gazi bay where learnt how mangrove conservation is promoting local sustainable development to Gazi bay area. He then publically recognised the importance of community projects, with specific reference to Mikoko Pamoja, in helping generate environmental policies. Read more or view images of his visit