Mida Creek
Watamu, Kenya

3°21'44.6"S 39°57'57.5"E

Empowering local villages to plant + protect mangrove ecosystems

This project restores 100 hectares of degraded mangrove forest within the Malindi Watamu National Marine Park and Reserve - a UNESCO Designated Biosphere Area.

In partnership with local non-profit COBEC (Community Based Environmental Conservation), approximately 1 million mangrove trees will be planted throughout the Mida Creek Region from January 2021 - March 2022.

SeaTrees is funding the development of nurseries, planting of four local mangrove species, education, monitoring, and long-term protection of the Mida Creek wetlands.

Explore the project at Mida Creek

Mida Creek, located within the Malindi Watamu National Marine Park and Reserve, is approximately 90 miles (140 km) north of Mombasa, Kenya's second-largest city. The Mida Creek tidal inlet covers an area of 32 square km. One of the most productive mangrove ecosystems in the world, Mida Creek is a recognized International Bird Area and together with Arabuko-Sokoke Forest forms a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. 


Mangrove deforestation threatens the ecosystem.

Mangroves have been illegally harvested for building lumber and charcoal production.

Working with local communities, the impacted areas are regenerated by planting and protecting native mangroves species.

Project Partner

Learn More about COBEC

Sea Turtles

Mida Creek is an important feeding and development area for juvenile green and hawksbill sea turtles. Coral heads and the rich seagrass beds provide food in a sheltered area away from large predators.

200+ Jobs

Community-led conservation

COBEC works with local villages to strategically replant mangroves in deforested areas.

More than 200 people are being employed to restore the mangrove forests.

These communities are educated on the environmental and economic importance of these ecosystems, and employed to grow seedlings, collect mangrove propagules, plant mangroves, and monitor the growth of the trees.


Read about the project launch