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Capacity Building on Coastal Protection in South Indian and Atlantic Oceans
by Department of Geography, Kenyatta University (Academic institution)
Steps towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14 include conserving the worlds maritime biological and ecological systems by safeguarding the quality of water in the oceans. This also implies searching for and promoting sustainable ways of intensification of aquatic livelihoods in coastal areas that
safeguard the marine lives and environment.

Our contribution will be focused on disseminating best management practices of coastal ecosystems, and green technologies for containing coastal erosion by fishermen and hunters. One way to do so is to manage small water catchments that flow in the sea through application of the Source-to-Sea (S2S) Continuum concept. We will disseminate this concept by helping community living along the south Indian and south Atlantic oceans to develop Integrated plans for water resources and sanitation management. For this to be done, we will help communities develop Water Users' Associations (WUAs) in each catchment.

Progress reports
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
March 2019
Mapping key watersheds along the Indian and Atlantic coasts of Kenya and DR Congo, respectivelly
March 2021
First engagement meeting for developing a WUA
March 2023
Second engagement meeting for developing water and sanitation management plans
March 2025
Third engagement meeting for evaluating water and sanitation management plans
Staff / Technical expertise
7 PhD, 7 Msc and 7 MA
In-kind contribution
Computers, GPS
Basic information
Time-frame: 2018 March - 2026 March
Kenyatta University (KU), Nairobi, Kenya (Academic Institution) University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN), DR Congo (Academic Institution) Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Uppsala, Sweden (Research Institution)
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Coastal populations of Mombasa (Kenya) and Kongo Central (DR Congo)
Contact information
Cush Ngonzo Luwesi, Prof., cushngonzo@gmail.com, +254727682925
Nairobi, Kenya
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