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Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Surprise for Earth Club

Last Tuesday, Douglas Maina from KESCOM came to Mkwiro to speak to us about sea turtle conservation in Kenya. He explained that KESCOM is a group comprised of voluntary staff all along the Kenyan coast who are passionate about conserving turtles. Douglas' devotion to the cause was inspiring. He spoke about KESCOMs community based approach to conservation. It was, for the most part, a success story, as they have established and assisted 19 community turtle conservation groups (TCGs) up and down the Kenyan coast.

Mkwiro Earth Club enjoyed the lesson from Douglas
Educating locals on the economic and aesthetic value of healthy marine ecosystems both enables and empowers communities to conserve what they have. Douglas also surprised the students of Mkwiro Primary School during our weekly Earth Club, by leading the days lesson! He managed to entertain, educate and maintain their focus, which I know is no easy feat! It is through this kind of work that KESCOM gets communtities involved; beach clean ups, habitat rehabilitation, nest protection and surveys all require man power. KESCOM and the TCGs are reponsibile for performing these tasks every day.

It was very refreshing to hear from such a passionate and knowledgable local man. Conservation can be tough - a 'no light at the end of the tunnel' kind of job, but it's clear KESCOM have the right approach and are moving towards their light.