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  • 2021-12-01 - 2021-12-01

TuFAK Training on Marine Spatial Planning

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TuFAK organized a training for its members on Marine Spatial Planning. This took place on 1st and 2nd December 2021, at Bamburi Beach Hotel for 28 members of the network. The training was facilitated by Dr. Jackline Uku from Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute and Charles Dadu, County Executive Committee (CEC) Physical Planning County Government of Kilifi. In attendance was the Deputy Commissioner National Land Commission (NLC) who made a presentation on the Process of marine spatial planning in the country. The purpose of this training was to enable members of the Alliance to have a broad understanding of what MSP is and its importance and relationship in securing fisheries management spaces and fisheries rights including those of local coastal fisher communities.

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  • 2021-10-29 - 2021-10-29

Handover of small scale fisheries value chain equipements

Handover of small scale fisheries value chain equipements to Mtwapa and Takaungu BMU in Kilifi County

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  • 2021-12-01 - 2021-12-01

Training on Marine Spatial Planning

TuFAK organized a training for its members on Marine Spatial Planning. This took place on 1st and 2nd December 2021, at Bamburi Beach Hotel for 28 members of the network. The training was facilitated by Dr. Jackline Uku from Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute and Charles Dadu, County Executive Committee (CEC) Physical Planning County Government of Kilifi. In attendance was the Deputy Commissioner National Land Commission (NLC) who made a presentation on the Process of marine spatial planning in the country. The purpose of this training was to enable members of the Alliance to have a broad understanding of what MSP is and its importance and relationship in securing fisheries management spaces and fisheries rights including those of local coastal fisher communities

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  • 2021-06-08 - 2021-06-08

Webinar on World Oceans Day

TuFAK participated in a webinar in celebration for World Oceans Day 2021. The theme for the webinar was -The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods. This virtual event was organized by Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KeMRI), the Kenya National Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UNESCO Regional Office for eastern Africa. The aim of the webinar was to sensitize the stakeholders on the threats to ocean health, opportunities, research, conservation, management and monitoring interventions and sustainable nature-based livelihood initiatives.

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  • 2022-06-28 - 2022-06-28

Development and implementation of TUFAK capacity building plan

From 28-29th June 2022, TUFAK engaged its members in the development and implementation of a capacity building plan. About 30 participants from its member organisations participated. The capacity building plans are critical in the implementation of the TUFAK funded project entitled, "Unlocking a sustainable blue economy in the Southwest Indian Ocean region". TUFAK will engage the national government through policy recommendations on sustainable blue economy for the socioeconomic wellbeing of fishing communities along the Kenyan coast

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  • 2022-06-30 - 2022-06-30

Developing of TuFAK engagement Strategy

30 members of the network have convened in reef hotel mombasa to develop a 3 year strategy for the network

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  • 2022-06-30 - 2022-06-30

Workshop on developing TUFAK engagement Strategy

TUFAK convened at the Reef Hotel in Mombasa from June 30 to 01 July 2022 to develop TUFAK engagement Strategy. About 30 members drawn from the network and several others from governmental, and private sectors participated in the event. The engagement strategy will provide a framework for engaging with stakeholders within the coastal, and marine domain from 2022-2026.

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  • 2022-05-23 - 2022-05-23

Western Indian Ocean Region, 'Introductory Training Course on Marine Protected Area Management'

Elijah Ngoa from TuFAK, participated in the WIO region, "Introductory Training Course on Marine Protected Area Management at the Rhodes University, in South Africa. The course is prerequisite for individuals engaged in coastal and marine conservation in the region.

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  • 2022-08-24 - 2022-08-24

Webinar assessing the foundations for delivering a sustainable blue economy in the SWIO region

WWF Madagascar the regional coordination unit of the SWIO Sustainable Blue economy project conducted a webinar on the report, “Assessing the foundations for delivering a sustainable blue economy in the SWIO region” on 24th August 2022. The meeting was jointly organized by SWIOTUNA, a regional CSO platform focusing on sustainable management and development of marine fisheries in the region. The purpose of the webinar was to present the findings of the assessment study which was conducted the consulting consortium-RESOLVE-SUSTAIN VALUE. The baseline report will guide TuFAK and other CSOs in engaging with national governments on sustainable blue economy policies and plans.

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  • 2022-08-29 - 2022-08-29

INDIAN OCEAN BY CATCH MITIGATION WORKSHOP FOCUSED ON DRIFT GILLNETS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN

WWF organized a bycatch mitigation workshop focused on drift-gillnets in the Indian Ocean. The meeting was jointly co-hosted with the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission-the leading Regional fisheries management body responsible for sustainable management and tuna and related species in the Indian Ocean region. The virtual meeting was conducted from 29th -31st August 2022.The workshop was undertaken virtually using a zoom platform running for 4 hours a day. By catch is a significant threat to marine biodiversity especially for multi-taxa fisheries, and thus, the aim of the workshop is to highlight the up to date scientific work of the by-catch species composition from drift gillnet fisheries in the Indian Ocean region, as well as detailed recommendations for mitigating bycatch especially of threatened species such as sharks, rays, turtles and cetaceans. About 85 participants from the Indian Ocean region and worldwide are attending the workshop.

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  • 2022-10-06 - 2022-10-06

Build systemic collective action capacity of the community members and constituents on the environment and social safeguard for World Bank for effective policy influence

TUFAK through joint funding from the Community Resource Exchange and WWF-Kenya conducted a two day workshop in Shimoni. The aim of the workshop was to build the capacity of community members on the world bank environment and social safeguards, as well as to learn advocacy from SRI LANKAN CSOs (Sri Lanka Nature Group, and International Accountability project) on the approaches they applied to stop the sustainable fisheries development project in Northern Sri Lanka. 31 members participated in the event

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  • 2022-11-14 - 2022-11-14

WWF’s Results Sharing and Low-Cost Data Collection and MCS Workshop for Small-Scale Fisheries in South West Indian Ocean (SWIO) and SADC Region 14-17 November 2022

WWF through the SWIO programme conducted a workshop on Baseline studies key findings sharing (IUU, Blue economy and fisheries governance) and low cost data collection and MCS for small scale fisheries in the SWIO and SADC region from 14-17, November 2022. Through the programme titled, “unlocking a sustainable blue economy in the Southwest Indian Ocean Region” WWF and CSO partners intends to influence the adoption and implementation of sustainable blue economy plans/policies as well as advocate for the adoption of tools and frameworks for addressing IUU fishing in the SWIO region. 16 countries are represented at the conference

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  • 2022-11-20 - 2022-11-20

The 4th World Small Scale Fisheries Congress, Cape Town, South Africa

TUFAK was represented at the 4WSFC in Cape Town, South Africa. The congress theme for the 4WSFC AFRICA, ‘Leading by Examples: Leaderships for Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries,’ recognizes the many examples, lessons and experiences that individual, communities, governments, inter-governmental organizations, and other supporting institutions have in the efforts to build and enhance capacity for sustainable small-scale fisheries. The 4WSFC Africa congress was organized around six main topics (Leaders in action research, leaders in blue justice, leaders in business and social innovation, leaders in climate friendly food systems, leaders in community based conservation) to demonstrate how existing and potential leaderships in small-scale fisheries can lead to better mutual outcomes.

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  • 2022-11-24 - 2022-11-24

Regional CSO Workshop Garden Court, Cape Town, South Africa – 24th & 25th November 2022

Participants were from the CSOs within the SWIO seascape including Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania and Kenya. The Objectives of the workshop were: • To share, inform and strengthen WWF and its partners’ knowledge on WWF's social policies, environmental and social safeguards principles, social cross-cutting issues (gender, HRBA, Conflict), as well as budgeting and financial management tools; • To exchange experiences between participants on challenges, good practices and needs on the above principles, policies and tools; and • To encourage partners to consider the recommendations of social policies, environmental and social safeguards principles and cross-cutting aspects in their modus operandi. • Identify how CSO partners view WWF’s role and what their long-term needs are; • Identify priority areas for collective action for 2023; and • Identify the risks that CSOs face and the impacts of the risks on the populations affected by their advocacy, including how best to ensure CSOs represent coastal communities views in policy fora and how we can improve the two way flow of information ? Focus on Sustainable Blue Economy (due to time sensitivity of the issue and building on the CSO workshop held in Tanzania) • Identify the needs for CSOs to advocate effectively in high-level policy forums for improved fisheries management and how best CSOs could engage with SWIO countries to voice the concerns; o Focus on developing a deeper understanding of the processes of Indian Ocean Tuna Commission o Identification of key events and dates and engagement with SWIO countries o Validating CSO power mapping in the SWIO region and sharing broader power analysis to demonstrate critical elements influencing decision making in IOTC

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  • 2022-12-13 - 2022-12-13

Workshop on developing TUFAK Advocacy Strategy

TUFAK through funding from WWF Kenya under the Sustainable Blue Economy project conducted a two day workshop from 13-14th Dec 2022 to develop its advocacy plan. The advocacy plan will enable the alliance to lobby with the national government for the implementation of the regional Minimum terms and conditions (MTCs) guidelines for granting access to foreign fishing vessels targeting tuna and tuna-like species in the Kenyan EEZ waters. In attendance were 12 participants (6men and 6women), mainly from the CSOs along the Kenyan coast. The keynote speaker was Mr. Benedict Kiilu from the Kenya Fisheries Service, Mombasa, Kenya.

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  • 2023-01-30 - 2023-01-30

IOTC 11th Meeting of the technical committee on allocation criteria (TCAC 11) and Special session 6 on Management of fish aggregated devices (FADs)

TuFAK participated at the IOTC 11th Meeting of technical committee on allocation criteria and the IOTC special session 6 on the management Fish aggregated devices (FADs). The TCAC 11 aimed at developing Total allowable catches for the EEZ, and high seas in the IOTC area of competence for the CPCs. The IOTC special session 6 aimed at developing specific resolutions for managing both Anchored FADs and Drifting FADs which are associated with high juvenile mortalities of yellowfin and bigeye tuna in the IOTC area of competence.

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  • 2023-02-15 - 2023-02-15

National Validation of the National Blue Economy Strategy, in Naivasha, Kenya

TuFAK participated at the national validation of the national blue economy strategy at lake Naivasha Resort. The chief guest was the CS for mining, blue economy and maritime affairs-Hon. Salim Mvurya. Participation was from the national government line ministries, County governments, development partners, national blue economy resources associations, regional blue economy resources associations, CBOs and other experts.

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  • 2023-02-06 - 2023-02-06

ENGAGMENT MEETING WITH KENYA FISHERIES SERVICE ON REVIEWING THE TUNA FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

On 6th February 2023, the Tuna fisheries alliance of Kenya (TuFAK) had an engagement meeting with Kenya fisheries service to discuss the progress towards reviewing the Tuna fisheries management and development strategy. The meeting was conducted at the Kenya fisheries service office in Mombasa. The Agenda of the meeting was as follows: 1) Overview of the sustainable blue economy project being implemented by TuFAK 2) Implementation of TuFAK capacity building plan and advocacy strategy 3) Way forward on the Tuna fisheries management and development strategy (2013-2018) 4) Framework for implementing the MTCs guidelines with a specific focus on articles 21-on landing, 22-on Bycatch and discards, 23-on crews, and article 24 on working conditions on board fishing vessels 5) How can TUFAK and Kenya fisheries service engage in reviewing the strategy?

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  • 2023-03-21 - 2023-03-21

CSO Governance and Leadership Training

TuFAK participated at the Governance and Leadership training from 21-24 March at Nyali Sun Africa Beach Hotel. The training was organized and facilitated by WWF Kenya, and targeted persons in leadership positions including CSO coordinators, and board members.

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  • 2023-03-29 - 2023-03-29

Regional Workshop on Promoting Transparency for Sustainable Marine Fisheries through Collective Actions in the SWIO Region.

TuFAK was represented at the Regional Workshop on Promoting Transparency for Sustainable Marine Fisheries through Collective Actions in the SWIO Region on 29 and 30th of March at Eden Bleu Hotel, Eden Island, Seychelles. The Regional workshop was jointly organized by the Ministry of Fisheries and Blue Economy of Seychelles, WWF and the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI).

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  • 2023-03-31 - 2023-03-31

CSO Advocacy Capacity Building Workshop at Eden Bleu Hotel, Seychelles

TuFAK was represented at the CSOs Advocacy Capacity Building Workshop on 31st of March at Eden Bleu Hotel, Eden Island, Seychelles. The workshop is organized by WWF through the SWIO Sustainable Blue Economy programme.

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  • 2023-05-04 - 2023-05-04

Workshop on Developing TuFAK Sustainable Blue Economy Policy Brief

Through the project on unlocking a Sustainable Blue Economy in the SWIO, TuFAK conducted a two-day workshop in Mombasa on the 4th and 5th of May 2023 at Nyali Muthu Beach Hotel & Spa to develop a TuFAK policy brief on Sustainable Blue Economy. In attendance at the workshop included 26 participants drawn from the CSOs, beach management units (BMUs), and community-based organizations. The workshop was facilitated by two members of the network namely Dr. John Kareko from NATURECOM and Mr. Nyaga Kanyange from COMRED. The purpose of the workshop was to collectively develop a TuFAK policy brief on Sustainable Blue Economy. The policy brief will be used by TuFAK for engaging the national government to develop and implement Sustainable Blue Economy plans which include; gender sensitivity, inclusivity, and climate change.

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  • 2023-06-14 - 2023-06-14

TuFAK Workshop on Minimum Terms and Conditions (MTCs) for Granting Foreign Fishing Access in the Southwest Indian Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) Region

Tuna Fisheries Alliance of Kenya (TuFAK) conducted a three-day training workshop for its members and partners on the Minimum Terms and Conditions of SWIOFC for granting foreign fishing access from the 14th to 16th of June 2023 at Mombasa Continental Resort, Shanzu. The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Benedict Kiilu and Eric Thuranira from Kenya Fisheries Service. In attendance were TuFAK members drawn from the Beach Management Units, Nongovernmental organizations, and Coastal Women in fisheries entrepreneurship (CWIFE) mainly drawn from, the Coastal Counties of Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana River, and Lamu. The training workshop aimed at equipping the TuFAK membership with the capacity to effectively advocate for the implementation of the MTCs in the Country, which is also crucial for achieving the Sustainable Blue Economy programme outcome on ensuring fair and equitable access to sustainable fisheries resources in the region is facilitated through a collective approach, united and influential voice in negotiations and decision making by the SWIO governments.

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  • 2023-08-15 - 2023-08-15

Regional Training Workshop on Ocean Policy and Advocacy, improving Negotiation Skills, Knowledge Management and Communication in the Southwest Indian Ocean (SWIO) Region

Four TuFAK members attended a training workshop on Ocean policy, and advocacy, improving Negotiation Skills, Knowledge Management and Communication in South West Indian Ocean (SWIO) Region. The training workshop was organized with financial support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) through the Sustainable Blue Economy and Fisheries Programme (SWIO-SBE Programme). The training workshop was facilitated by regional/international experts that provided technical input and insights on the various aspects related to the selected themes. The participants from the workshop were expected to develop their country specific advocacy strategies addressing issues of MTCs and IUU fishing in line with the SBE programme.

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  • 2023-09-22 - 2023-09-22

Training Workshop on Sustainable Blue Economy

WWF-Kenya in collaboration with SWIOTUNA, undertook a training workshop on Sustainable Blue Economy from the 26th to 28th of September 2023 at Travellers Beach Hotel Mombasa. The main objective of the training was to increase the participants understanding on the system of blue economy, envision a goal for the blue economy and access to financial resources to improve the blue economy sector. The training was facilitated by a national expert from WWF who provided the technical input and insight on the various aspects related to the topics and themes of SBE. The workshop was attended by 37 participants from the government, CSOs, small-scale fisherfolks, BMUs, private sector and media. At the end of the workshop each participant left with a strengthened understanding of the Sustainable Blue Economy. They mentioned that not only did the training enhance their understanding but also ignited a vision for sustainable blue economy. They also emphasized the critical need for improved access to financial resources to boost the Blue Economy sector. They all agreed to disseminate this knowledge and insight to the grassroots communities so as to empower these communities with the tools and awareness needed to participate actively in the Sustainable Blue Economy.

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  • 2023-09-20 - 2023-09-20

WORKSHOP ON THE INDEPENDENT PRE-REVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TUNA FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

Tuna Fisheries Alliance of Kenya (TuFAK) conducted an independent pre-review of the Tuna Fisheries Management and Development Strategy (2013-2018), at Mombasa Continental Resort, Shanzu from the 20th to 22nd of September 2023. In attendance at the workshop were 23 participants drawn from the TuFAK membership, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, the government, and the media. The workshop was supported through the WWF SWIO Sustainable Blue Economy (SBE) programme with funding from NORAD. The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Hadley Becha (TuFAK chairperson), Mr. Elijah Ngoa (TuFAK coordinator), and Mr. John Kareko. The workshop was undertaken in preparation for an effective review of the tuna fisheries management and development strategy by the government of Kenya. The independent pre-review of the strategy informed on issues that CSOs would suggest for incorporation in the National Tuna Fisheries Management and Development Strategy in the review by Kenya Fisheries Service. The output of the three-day meeting was a joint advisory paper regarding the review of the National Tuna Fisheries Management and Development Strategy (2023-2028).

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  • 2023-11-15 - 2023-11-15

WORKSHOP BROADENING STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT FOR EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY TOWARDS PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE BLUE ECONOMY AND FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT IN COASTAL KENYA

Tuna Fisheries Alliance of Kenya (TuFAK) through the project, “Unlocking a Sustainable Blue Economy in the Southwest Indian Ocean (SWIO) Region conducted a three-day multi-stakeholder engagement workshop titled, "Broadening Stakeholder Engagement for Effective Advocacy towards Promoting Sustainable Blue Economy and Fisheries Development in Coastal Kenya," at Muthu Nyali Beach Hotel, and Spa, Mombasa on 15th to 17th of November 2023. In attendance at the workshop were stakeholders from the private sector, civil society groups, government officials, and the media fraternity. It was a cross-cutting workshop tackling the key project themes of Sustainable Blue Economy, Minimum Terms and Conditions (MTCs) Guidelines for granting foreign fishing access, and IUU fishing. The workshop therefore contributed towards achieving the project's outcomes 1, 3, and 4. TuFAK may update its advocacy strategy based on the recommendations from the three-day workshop.

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  • 2024-03-28 - 2024-03-28

SENSITIZATION MEETING FOR MTWAPA BEACH MANAGEMENT MEMBERSHIP ON THE MTCs GUIDELINES AS A TOOL FOR ADDRESSING IUU FISHING AND INCREASING SOCIOECONOMIC BENEFITS TO THE FISHING COMMUNITIES

On 28th of March 2024, Tuna Fisheries Alliance of Kenya conducted a sensitization meeting to the Mtwapa BMU on the implementation of MTCs guidelines as a tool for addressing IUU fishing and increasing socioeconomic benefits for the fishing communities. In attendance at the meeting were the Mtwapa BMU members including men and women. The meeting also entailed briefing the small-scale fishers concerning the coming IOTC session 28 to be held in Thailand in May 2024, whereby TuFAK collected views from the community including key messages to be taken to the state department of fisheries to support sustainable management and development of the tuna fisheries. 5. Emerging Issues and Key recommendations ? The government, and non-state actors should undertake adequate sensitization to the BMUs on the importance of collecting, and submitting credible fish catch data; ? Small-scale fisheries have limited capacity to venture into commercial deep sea fishing be beyond 12 nautical miles, hence the government, and non-state actors should capacity build, and equip the fishers with ultra-modern fishing vessels and gear to undertake commercial exploitation of resources; ? The small-scale fishers noted that there is a possibility that many fishers along the Kenyan coast are not aware of how tuna resources are managed, hence the need for more sensitization, and capacity building; ? The small-scale fishers noted that several BMUs members have received capacity building pieces of trainings on digital data collection, and thus the government support the installation ICT, and other low cost tools for fish data collection; ? The BMU members noted that government should advocate for the adoption of stringent measures to be adopted by parties at the IOTC to prevent IUU fishing and the ecosystem degradation due to destructive fishing practices; ? The government should prioritize seeking employment opportunities for local fishers in both local and foreign commercial vessels especially for those that have been trained locally on commercial deep sea fishing; ? The government should adopt strict regulations requiring the fish gear manufacturing companies to be licensed and regulated by the Kenya Fisheries Service to prevent the entry of illegal gears into the fisheries sector; ? The government should designate fishing zones for industrial vessels which frequently damages artisanal fishing gears, and degrade coastal ecosystems especially through trawling activities; ? The criteria of a vessel to be included into the IOTC register of vessels should amended and include vessels even those below 24m as some have higher engine powers and capable of maneuvering beyond 12nm. ? The IOTC should support capacity building of coastal states to collect and submit tuna fisheries catch data especially from the artisanal fleets that largely target the neritic species including, Kawakawa, Narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, Dorado etc. ? The IOTC should support member countries to implement Port state measures agreement as well to operationalize vessel monitoring system (VMS) for the purposes of deterring IUU fishing with IOTC area of competence.

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  • 2024-04-15 - 2024-04-15

SECTOR DIALOGUE FORUM ON THE SESA FOR THE NATIONAL MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING PROCESS FROM 15TH TO 16TH APRIL 2024 @CDA, KILIFI COUNTY

MSP will be subjected to Strategic Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (SESA) which will enable a baseline situation analysis and an understanding of the prevailing conditions of the marine environment to inform the development of the MSP. The objectives of the meeting were: ? To sensitize NGOs and CSOs on the importance and benefits of the MSP process for sustainable marine resource management. ? To develop a shared vision with NGOs and CSOs for the MSP process in Kenya for alignment of organizational mandates to national goals and BE priorities. ? To strengthen the capacity of NGOs and CSOs to actively participate in and contribute to the SESA for the MSP process. ? To acquire comprehensive and relevant data for supporting the SESA for evidence-based decision-making on the development of the marine spatial plan. ? To establish mechanisms for long-term engagement and collaboration with NGOs and CSOs to ensure their ongoing participation, feedback, and support throughout the MSP process and its implementation. Additionally, the MSP secretariat will engage NGOs/CSOs to provide specific data from their organizations that will contribute to the technical studies that will inform the SESA for MSP. A summary of the types of data required for the technical studies for the review and preparation of the SESA for the MSP was shared during the forum. The forum was conducted from 15th to 16th April 2024 at the Coast Development Authority in Kilifi

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