Watamu Demosite -Kenya Eco Tourism Project PRESENTED BY: S. K NGANGA (WATAMU DEMOSITE – PROJECT CORDINATOR)
5 th STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING Bagamoyo, Tanzania 23 -27 September, 2013 ECO-TOURISM Thematic Component Community Ecotourism livelihoods Kenya (Day 3 FP Environment: Baraza Wangwe FP Tourism: Lilian Ayimba DPC: Samuel Nganga V
Outline 1. 0 Demo-site Briefs & Collaboration with community Ecotourism 2. 0 Project objectives & outcomes 3. 0 Deliverables & achievements 4. 0 Challenges 5. 0 Way forward
WATAMU DEMOSITE -Location & Demosite Briefs • Covers the entire Watamu marine National park and reserve • Stretches from Jacaranta to Mida creek • Size approximately 60 km 2 • Population density of about 44 persons /km 2 • Over 300 HH • Over 300, 000 tourist s per annum (98% of visitors) • 36 No. international hotels /restaurants • Multi-ethnicity –locals & foreigners
Watamu – Demosite Watamu DSMC Composition STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Kenya Wildlife Service Kenya Forest Service Ministry of Tourism Watamu Marine Association- Chair MCCC Watamu Safari Sellers WABO Voice of Watamu A Rocha Kenya COBEC Watamu Turtle Watch Nature Kenya Local Hotel Representative Municipal Council NEMA- Coordination (DPC) Project implementation
Watamu Demosite – Ecotourism Key Ecotourism facilities : • Mida Creek Boat walk & Restaurant - Dabaso • Mida creek- mud crab farming (mericulture) • Snake farm & snake park ( Sita & Bioken/ • Safari sellers ( Watamu Sellers ) • Boat operators (Wa. BO, Suppreso, Hotels ) • Beekeeping (Apiculture) • Curio sellers • Canoes & snorkeling / diving
Ecotourism ( chain value analysis & Income opportunities (Watamu Demosite) Enterprise (product/service Estimated annual income USD Implementation status Restaurant Banda's( Drinks& Lunches) 12, 750 Partly implemented (50%) Canoe Guided tours 5000 Complete Curios (Crafts) 5500 ongoing Fishing excursions 2000 Done Honey sales 5400 ongoing Board Walks 2400 complete Sun bed/umbrella 4500 Not implemented Cultural dances 5250 ongoing Farm Tours 3750 Not implemented Snake Park 4000 incomplete Crab Farm 2250 complete Fish Farm 2800 Done Toilet Services 3600 Not implemented
Project title: Watamu Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism Development Project Objective “To develop new and sustainable community based tourism and ecotourism activities and create pro poor employment and income Opportunities”. Active & participatory community engagement –( WMA Exec. Agency)
Result areas (output): . Output 1: Creating new community run tourist attractions: • Construction of traditional style bandas (Display & Sales - local foods, drinks and traditional snacks & cultural activities)- Dropped • Cultural and Marine Park information and local interest boards and displays- to be undertaken in the extended period
Cont. . . Result areas Output 2. Providing tourist facilities: • Community operated sun bed and umbrella hire service- Dropped • Community managed portable toilet services for tourists and visitors- Dropped REPLACEMENT: • community Bike for hire- women groups
Conti. . . Result areas • Output 3. Enhancing ecotourism facilities and attractions: EXPANSION • Mangrove board walk and restaurant • Community Snake Farm (Mida Creek) • community Crab Farm- Mida Creek • Provision of canoes - ( Tourguide & recreation) • mariculture & Fish Farming
Cont. . . Result areas Output 4: Further development of existing apiculture (bee keeping) community initiatives: • Training and skills provision • Equipment provision • Developing honey processing capacity • Honey production and sales
Conti. . . Result areas Output 5. Utilizing solid waste materials and natural bio products: • Training and skills provision - solid waste mgt • waste recycling/ reuse- waste materials & coconut bi-products to make arts & crafts for sale to tourist outlets • Establishing an art and crafts recycling – community work place & tourist attraction.
Achievements • Mangrove board walk and restaurant ecotourism enterprise • Community Mariculture (crab farming) enterprise • Natural Fish Farm facility) providing fish • Traditional dugout canoes operational
Conti. . Achievements • Small business training to 10 community members • Beekeeping groups have new or renovated fully operational apiaries- 80 beehives have been constructed (benefiting 75 women and 40 men) • 12 Women’s Group members receiving an income from sales of curios made from recycled waste material.
Community waste management (recycling & Reuse) & awareness Reducing coral Destruction Achievements cont. . .
Training Awards of training certificate to a Ecotourism members by DPC Ecotourism training (Customer care)
Recreation Enhancing tourism Achievements cont--
Challenges • Conflicting policies & guidelines- shorelines • Delay in the implementation of some proposed projects ( **sun beds/umbrellas, **3 open bandas, Mida Creek Snake Farm, **Community toilet service, agricultural and farm tourist) **Dropped • Resource constraints and limited budget & cofunding
Way forward • Increased collaboration • Enabling legal and policy framework on community ecotourism &investments ( Actionplanning) • Eco-friendly community investments with higher returns • Marketing of ecotourism products & services (Web-raising) • Increased funding for community programmes
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