Kenya is an East African country lying along the equator and overlying the East African Rift covering a diverse and expansive terrain that extends the Indian Ocean. Archaeological evidence suggests that Kenya may be the birthplace of the human race, as 3.3 million years ago the Rift Valley was the home of Homo habilis, from whom Homo sapiens descended. Today, Kenya is home to 48.46 million (2016) World Bank people. It is also home to magnificent terrestrial and marine wildlife and sandy beaches that extend it’s 536 km coastline

Kenya earns around USD$2.5 billion per year from its ocean – less than 4% of its GDP.This shows the potential for growth which could raise peoples’ incomes in coming years. Download resource


Kenya has among the lowest national dependence on its ocean economy, at only 4%, much lower than agriculture, as well as exports


Kenya’s ocean economy is primarily based on tourism, in the coastal and nearshore area Marine protection is at significantly lower levels
than terrestrial protection, suggesting development of the ocean economy needs to ensure it is done carefully


Population growth in Kenya remains high into the future, which will place higher demands on a growing ocean economy


Data sources: WIO Ocean Economy report (Obura et al. 2017), WWF/BCG/CORDIO; UNDP Development statistics, 2015; UNESA Population statistics 2015