Earthwatch

Kenya, July 2008

Earthwatch engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Their “Tidal Forests of Kenya” expedition is based in Gazi Bay, on the Southern Kenyan Coast and helps to maintain and restore a vital mangrove ecosystem through working with the local community in a small Kenyan fishing village.

Mangroves have one of the highest rates of degradation of any global habitat, exceeding one per cent of total mangrove area per year. Understanding their ecology and restoration is an international conservation priority. The “Tidal Forests” Project runs long term, large scale experiments measuring a range of ecosystem functions in replanted mangrove stands, recording data on which species survive and grow best in the harsh conditions of these restoration site.

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  • A woman leads a group of Earthwatch volunteers along a boardwalk through the mangrove forests. Kate Holt.
  • Nancy Shedrack Anwary, from Tanzania, one of ten Earthwatch volunteers from Africa and Sri Lanka. Kate Holt.
  • View of a Mangrove Swamp in Gazi Bay, Kenya on the 26th July, 2008. Kate Holt.
  • An Earthwatch volunteer examines a hermit crab while listening to a lecture. Kate Holt.
  • Amina Hamza, from Kenya, and Célia da Conceição Felisberto Macamo Felisberto Macamo, from Mozambique. Kate Holt.
  • Children play in the main street in Gazi Bay, Kenya on the 26th July, 2008. Kate Holt.
  • Earthwatch volunteers stand outside the main Research office in Gazi Bay. Kate Holt.
  • A fisherman burns the bottom of a dugout canoe made from Mango tree, to kill off bugs, in Gazi Bay. Kate Holt.
  • Amadou Yansané, and Earthwatch volunteer from Guinea, talks to a group of school children. Kate Holt.
  • A group of school children perform a song for Earthwatch volunteers in Gazi Bay, Kenya. Kate Holt.
  • A group of school children listen to talks given by Earthwatch Volunteers from Africa and Sri Lanka. Kate Holt.
  • Nancy Shedrack Anwary, an Earthwatch volunteer from Tanzania, and Joseph Langat a Kenyan Research Assistant. Kate Holt.
  • Fodé Luceny Camara, an Earthwatch volunteer from Guinea , Dr Bernard Kirui, a Kenyan scientist. Kate Holt.
  • Kangana Amarsena, an Earthwatch volunteer from Sri Lanka, records data taken. Kate Holt.
  • A group of Earthwatch volunteers measure off areas of soil around different types of newly planted mangrove plants. Kate Holt.
  • A group of Earthwatch volunteers measure off areas of soil. Kate Holt.
  • Gladys Luvuno Ndegwa an Earthwatch volunteer from Kenya labels a soil sample. Kate Holt.
  • A group of Earthwatch volunteers measure off areas of soil. Kate Holt.
  • Volunteers from Earthwatch measure the size of the leaves of different types of mangrove plants. Kate Holt.
  • Outcrops of old coral reefs can be seen where areas of a mangrove swamps have been cut down. Kate Holt.
  • Dr Bernard Kirui, a Kenyan scientist, discusses research techniques with Earthwatch volunteers. Kate Holt.
  • Kangana Amarsena, an Earthwatch volunteer from Sri Lanka, records data. Kate Holt.
  • Dr Martin Skov talks to a group of Earthwatch volunteers from Africa and Sri Lanka. Kate Holt.
  • A view of newly planted mangroves at Kindondo, Gazi Bay, Kenya on the 27th July, 2008. Kate Holt.
  • Nancy Shedrack Anwary, an Earthwatch volunteer from Tanzania, takes soil samples. Kate Holt.
  • A sample of a mangrove plant leaf is placed in a bag for later examination. Kate Holt.
  • Gladys Luvuno Ndegwa an Earthwatch volunteer from Kenya enjoys eating a fresh coconut. Kate Holt.
  • Amadou Yansané, an Earthwatch volunteer from Guniea, talks to Alkaly Doumbouya. Kate Holt.