Thematic Green Messages

Author: Dr. Isaac

25th Mar 2016 at 08:16 pm

Natural Resources Management

THE HEALTH OF OUR OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS EQUALS TO WEALTH


Author Dr Kalua writing on THE HEALTH OF OUR OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS EQUALS TO WEALTH
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All these marine ecosystem attributes play a critical role in Kenya's coastal economy. Take away the beaches and Kenya's tourism would suffer irreparably since a good percentage of tourists are primarily attracted by coastal Kenya's sun, sand and beaches. Take away Kilindini Harbour and the billions that Kenya earns through Kenya Ports Authority would be non-existent. At a smaller scale, though just as important is the seafood and fishery revenue earned by thousands of artisanal fishermen across the coast plus the thousands who trade in these marine produce. 

It is therefore evident that our marine ecosystem services provide billions to the economy.It is therefore no wonder that the fourteenth Sustainable Development Goal calls on us to ‘conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.'

As has been noted by the United Nations, the global market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at $3 trillion per year or about 5 per cent of global GDP. 

In light of this, Kenya must conserve and increasingly utilize her coastal resources in a strategic fashion. Part of this involves increasing national awareness of these incredible marine assets that the county is endowed with. I suspect that most of the Kenyans who frequent the coast during various holidays never get to create a moment to see Wasini's and Watamu's incredible dolphins. If more of us pay these dolphins a visit, we shall boost the coastal economy much more even as we unwind and gain a new and mind boggling experience.

In the same vein, all Kenyans from ‘bara' know and devour freshwater fish like tilapia but very few know about salt water fish like tafi (rabbit fish). If more Kenyans add salt water fish to their home menu, there will be much more demand of the same and Coastal County Governments will have to step in and help their fishermen to meet this increased demand, which also translates to more revenue for these County Governments.

Indeed, our ocean resources can bolster our economy a hundred fold, but only if we collectively and strategically conserve the ecosystem.The health of our marine ecosystems including the ways in which we interrelate with and use the resources equals to wealth! Think green, act green!

Yours in Green,

Dr Isaac Kalua.


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