Coastal Ecosystem Services in East Africa

  • Huxham, Mark (Principal Investigator)
  • Nunan, Fiona (Co-investigator)
  • Skov, Martin W. (Co-investigator)
  • Upton, Caroline (Co-investigator)
  • Kennedy, Hilary (Co-investigator)
  • Jiddawi, Narriman (Co-investigator)
  • Kairo, James (Co-investigator)
  • Mangora, Mwita (Co-investigator)
  • Hejnowicz, Adam (Other)

Project Details


The CESEA project was a collaboration between scientists and researchers in Tanzania, Kenya and the UK to find new ways to help local people maintain their coastal resources whilst beating poverty, in particular those that rely on mangroves and seagrasses which are vital for fish, coastal protection and the capture and storage of carbon.

Key findings

The presence of seagrass increased carbon density in sediments from 4 to 6 times. This carbon is vulnerable to loss following seagrass removal, hence there are good scientific grounds for inclusion of seagrass carbon in integrated mangrove/seagrass Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes.
Local forest officers use a range of approaches (‘bricolage’) to achieve their mandated roles in supporting participatory forest management. However there are numerous barriers to successful participatory forest management, including lack of resources, corruption and inadequate decentralisation. Some barriers may be relatively easily overcome through better within-institutional communication and training.
It is possible to describe and rank the health of mangrove ecosystems and their local governance using objective criteria. There are relationships between local governance and ecosystem health that allow understanding of sustainability of resource use and selection of suitable sites for participatory management and payments for ecosystem services.
Effective start/end date1/10/1331/10/16


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