Tana River – Conservation and Development

Tana River (Kenya) Conservation and Development

– Advocating for the establishment of Community Conserved Areas in Tana Delta Wetland Important Bird Areas

Year:  2010
: Nature Kenya, BirdLife International

Project Background
The project targeted the Tana River Delta (02 30’ S, 40 20’ E), in Tana River and Lamu Districts of Coast Province. The delta has an estimated area of 130,000 ha within altitude of 0-37 m above sea level. Tana Delta presents a complex system of freshwater, brackish lakes and streams, saline grasslands and wetlands and successional stages of forest woodland on the river banks and dunes parallel to the shore. This complex habitat hosts biodiversity of global conservation importance. Given the unique biodiversity, Tana Delta has been recognized globally, as Important Bird Area/Key Biodiversity Area and therefore the site has been prioritized by Nature Kenya for conservation action.

Despite the ecological importance of the site, the delta faces numerous threats such as huge unplanned developments which includes large-scale biofuel farms such that the total areas targeted for developments exceed the known size of the IBA.
The specific objectives of the project were:

  1. Map land uses and land cover and produce a map of the delta
  2. Purchase one motor-bike to provide transport for extension staff to collect mapping data
  3. Mobilise communities and sensitise them on their rights to be consulted on land development issues
  4. Mainstream the data and learning to the Tana Delta management planning process

Project Goal
The project goal was to put in place safeguard measures to ensure that Tana Delta biodiversity is conserved for posterity.


pdficon_largeTana River Delta – Final report (PDF 200kb)

pdficon_largeTana River Delta – Conservation and Development Master Plan (PDF 956kb)