The rockpools of Watamu Marine National Park in Kenya provide an opportunity for tourists to experience some of its glorious marine life. Through training and resources, A Rocha‚Äôs Marine Programme is improving the livelihoods of local ‚Äòbeach boys‚Äô and conserving the park‚Äôs precious habitats.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1136041)
The rockpools of Watamu‚Äôs marine park are important for their diverse habitats and unique species. Easily accessible from the beach, they are enjoyed by guests of nearby hotels and give a taster of the ocean‚Äôs vast marine life. Local young men, known as ‚Äòbeach boys‚Äô, use the opportunity to show tourists around and sell them snorkelling trips and safaris. However, these beach boys often have limited knowledge, can cause damage to the habitats, and can become caught up in drugs and prostitution.
A Rocha Kenya‚Äôs field study centre is based just a few minutes‚Äô walk from these rockpool habitats. The centre has an education building and a Kenyan marine biologist with experience studying these rockpools. Using this expertise, A Rocha will be working with the beach boys and local management authority to protect these habitats and develop a sustainable rockpool guide training programme, which will help to improve the livelihoods of these vulnerable individuals.
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