Mangrove rehabilitation in Magangani, Mida Creek
The aim was to compare survival success in directly planted mangrove seeds and seedlings from nursery, hardened and directly planted seedlings. The results of which will be used to guide next steps in achieving significantly improved rehabilitation success
The rehabilitation site comprised of 4 patches which was mixed stand and therefore suitable for any of the 3 species considered
- These were: Bruguiera gymnorrhiza, Ceriops tagal and Rhizophora mucronata
*You can learn more about mangroves in Watamu and the Mida creek here
Results and Lessons Learnt
What does the data reveal?
Near plot C and D successful rehabilitation can be viable on shielded area.
Continuous community sensitization on importance of restocking the forest especially among the fishermen, cattle herders and fishmongers who spent most time around the area.
Cows and goats seem to only like Avicennia marina, unfortunately that is a pioneering species of mangrove. Another issue is the livestock owners are not taking responsibility for where their livestock graze and the herders they hire are just temporary, meaning LOC needs to educate a new herder on rules and laws of cattle grazing in and around the creek as well as importance of magrove conservation a regular basis.
Plot A, need to find a workable solution with the bait diggers. In the past, there was an effort on using Welks, however, over exploitation has meant that it is no longer a viable option. An alternative worth exploring are Red Worms.
Mangrove restoration and rehabilitation can and should continue, but in new sites (South of Magangani) and must be implemented with proper monitoring and evaluation efforts as well as a clear programme that engages the local community and mitigates the challenges listed above.
Finally, there should be signage/information boards erected where mangrove restoration is happening along with key lessons and guidance, to avoid duplication of efforts by others and help increase the likelihood of success for all mangrove restoration and rehabilitation efforts in the area.
This research and analysis was lead by LOC team member Charles Lucas with support of the LOC mangrove team and Magangani community members.