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.