Lamu Marine Conservation Trust (LaMCoT), founded in 1992 by Carol and Lars Korschen, is a community-based initiative to conserve the endangered sea turtles of the Lamu Archipelago.
Since then, the initiative has expanded to encompass a number of related projects from coral reef protection and environmental education to income generating projects and community efforts to clear rubbish from local beaches.
All of these efforts are aimed at achieving sustainable management of the Lamu coastal ecosystem. The conservation of sea turtles remains at the heart of LaMCoT’s mission and as a result of the team’s dedicated efforts, annual turtle hatchings have increased from 1,865 to an average of 4,578 per year.
In 2018, SCC is working with LaMCoT to help raise funds for their conservation effort in the Manda Toto Marine Park. The area is rich with a diverse eco-system, with a coral reef, tropical fish breeding ground and a place for turtles to swim in safety. LaMCoT have been battling for many years to prevent the area from becoming illegally overfished by local villages, and in recent years have been promoting tourism as an alternative to fishing as a way of generating income.
SCC’s ‘1 + 1 = 2 Protect’ Scheme is hoping to raise $250 every quarter to help LaMCoT to purchase fuel for their boat in order to continue daily patrols in the area. Without the money for fuel, the boat will not be used to its full capacity and will allow for poachers and overfishing to become apparent again.
If you are in the Lamu area or staying at Manda Bay, SCC would be happy to organize a visit to the LaMCoT office to learn more about the many programmes they have available and how your donation will help their work. You can also learn more about their work and how they are trying to raise money from their Crowdfunder campaign: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/bridging-education-gaps-in-lamu-through-conservation-one-school-at-a-time