Wasini Lookout is a small ecological restoration community situated in Shimoni, on the South Coast of Kenya. Wasini, which is also an established eco-tourism destination, is currently working on 5000m² of coral “REEFolution” – restoration of coral reefs, that contributes to replenishing and restoring the damaged coral reefs and their ecosystem, while increasing fish and other aquatic species. This restoration community, also an established eco-tourism destination, is currently working on 5,000m² of coral “REEFolution” – restoration of coral reefs, that contributes to replenishing and restoring the damaged coral reefs and their ecosystem, while increasing fish and other aquatic species. A major aspect of the reef restoration consists of collecting broken pieces of coral that are still healthy but will not survive when left in the rubble. These pieces are placed in coral nurseries where they grow, after which they are planted on artificial reefs.
Wasini’s aim is to rebuild coral reefs by providing fundamental restoration skills to coastal communities. Healthy reefs create opportunities for livelihood improvement for those who depend on reefs for fishery and tourism. Furthermore, coral restoration projects help raise awareness on the importance of the coral reef ecosystem. Reef restoration work at Wasini is giving nature a helping hand and kick-starting coral reef recovery. The planting and restoration of the coral reefs has led to an increase of the fish stocks, replenished the destroyed corals and provided livelihood for the marine life and ecosystem. Local youths from the different beach management units have been trained as Reef Rangers and participated in conservation activities. They in turn are passing on the knowledge to their peers and village mates, creating awareness in responsible fishing and marine conservation.
To date, Wasini Lookout has deployed 517 bottle reefs, 155 cakes, 83 cages and 90 MOSES. Through these interventions 2,000 m2 of coral reef have been restored and 47 hectares of coral reef are now protected. The project is now being upscaled to recover a 2km stretch of coastline.
Wasini Lookout works in partnership with REEFolution Kenya, Kenya Wildlife Service, Shimoni and Mukwiro Beach Management Units.