A women’s group initiative to conserve the environment and make a living out of the exercise might soon turn out to be a source of hopelessness and worry unless collective action to support the group is initiated.
The story was broken in an online article (https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2020-06-19-mida-creek-women-seek-market-for-sh10m-mangrove-seedlings/) published on the 19th June 2020 by the Star newspaper. It showed that three women’s groups ‘Bidii na Kazi’, ‘Jitahidi’ and ‘Mida Fishing’ are engaged in mangrove conservation efforts by providing mangrove nursery seedlings for sale to prospective conservation projects. At the time of writing they had grown 200,000 seedlings, which at a going rate of Kshs. 50 per seedling, could have provided each woman with up to Kshs. 200,000 (or U$ 2000). Funds that many of them would use to support their families and educate their children.
However, failure to make and sales due to the COVID-19 crisis and lockdowns might hamper these efforts. With no domestic or foreign tourism, and both businesses and individuals facing losses and an uncertain future, investment in mangrove planting projects have evaporated.
We lend our voice to this article, calling on collective action to assist these groups, and contribute to mangrove reforestation as an additional benefit. As an environmental stakeholder, what can you do to assist?
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