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Environmentally sustainable development

Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Ecosystems in Kenya

In Kwale County on the Kenyan coast, 75% of the population live in poverty, and while they are reliant on the coastal environment for their income, it has been severely depleted in recent years.

Thanks to the Future Plan Fund, we’ve been working with the coastal communities to create new income generating activities which also promote conservation and biodiversity in the coastal environment, such as seaweed farming, mangrove reforestation and sustainable fishing practices.

This has already meant an increase of income for local communities, and will have a huge positive long term impact for marine and coastal ecosystems, protection from climate-related threats and promotion of carbon sinks.

We are restoring mangrove forests because they protect our coastlines and help increase our fish stock – Community mangrove group, Kenya

Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Ecosystems in Kenya

A Village Savings and Loans Association in Ghana

Green skills for Ghana

This project aims to create jobs and expand economic activities in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner, in 60 communities of the Greater Accra and Brong-Ahafo regions. To do this, we are:

  • providing 'green skills' and business-focused training for women and young people
  • establishing village savings and loans associations to create access to investment
  • working with business forums, local authorities and training providers to catalyse the growth of a green economy.

Features of sustainable development

Green economy

A green economy is one that results in improved human wellbeing and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. It is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.

Blue economy

The blue economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, while preserving marine and coastal ecosystems.

Green skills

Green skills can be understood as the knowledge and skills needed to live and work in an environmentally responsible way, and to deal with the impacts of climate change.

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