Tourism at the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park 2011-2015

SPACES has been investigating ecosystem services and their contribution to poverty alleviation in Kenya and Mozambique since 2013. One part of this project has looked at tourism in the South Coast region of Kenya. From 2013-2015 Kenya had terrorism related travel advisories. SPACES co-investigator, Chris Sandbrook, analysed tourism data from 2011-2015 to understand how the terrorism attacks and the associated travel advisory effected the tourism industry and how the industry was able to cope with the shock. The data was collected by Chris Cheupe and provided by Judith Nyunja, Mwanamisi Mkungu, and Roy Muga from the KWS. A brief entitled, “Tourism at the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park 2011-2015: A story of change and resilience” has been produced and will be presented to the KWS.

Key Messages from the KWS brief:

• There was a significant decline in visitors to the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park after the 2013 terrorist attacks. Foreign tourist numbers declined much […]

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Finding Our Way to Transdisciplinarity: Reflections from the Second SPACES Multistakeholder Workshop in Kenya

I’m on my way back to Sweden from Diani, Kenya after the second major SPACES stakeholder workshop, “Using the future to make better decisions in the present”.  The SPACES researchers, local community representatives, government officers, and two visitors from Southern Africa Partnership on Ecosystem Services and Society (SAPECS) explored possible future developments of ecosystems, ecosystem services and poverty and used this to reflect on priority interventions. We enjoyed three intense and fascinating days of dialogue and exercises structured around feedback of preliminary SPACES research findings and four scenarios of the future from the previous workshop. Finally, thanks to a collaboration with the SAPECS project on “Seeds of a good Anthropocene” we searched for ‘bright spots’ or ‘seeds’ of a desirable future from the knowledge and experience of the participants.

The rich dialogue, both within the organised sessions as well as during […]

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Creating Positive Stories of the Future

Once upon a time in Paradiso village, there lived a fisherman with his wife and two children… As we all know, this is how all good stories start, and it was no different for the third day of the Kenyan workshop where the participants got to draw on all their creativity and story-telling skills to build positive stories of a future Kenya in the age of the Anthropocene. Stories are powerful things: they create our reality as much as they explain it and that was one of the main ideas that underpins the seed of Good Anthropocenes initiative. The aim of this Future Earth funded project is to collect ‘seeds’, i.e. projects, ideas or initiatives that exist, at least in prototype form, but are not currently dominant in our world, that people think have the potential for creating positive impact in the future. Our collection strategy varies […]

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