Jijenge Jiboreshe Youth Initiative Project.

Jijenge Jiboreshe Youth Initiative Project is a 2 year Initiative supported by the Australian Government as a Direct Aid Program (DAP). It focuses in complementing the Australia’s broader aid program towards contributing to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. Additionally, Coast Women In Development is aiming at providing and strengthening 40 Reformed Youths from 4 groups composed of 10 members each.
This is an avenue of poverty alleviation, protection of the environment, economic justice and gender equality that will have an enhanced outcomes on good relationship and collaboration between the community, police, the Reformed Youths, reduction in insecurity level as well as having empowered, skilled and educated reformed youths and community .The initiative is to cover two sub-counties in Mombasa County of Kisauni and Likoni in its implementation phases.Youth radicalization has become a global phenomenon and Kenya is no exception to this trend. In Kenya, the youth radicalization presents a number of challenges for both the youth and the country.

Youth represent the most abundant asset Kenya has or will have over the near future. Nonetheless, there have been a considerable number of surveys conducted and reports studies published that invariably conclude that there are persistent risks and challenges faced by Kenyan youth. The youth are, and will remain, a significant share of Kenya's population for the foreseeable future.

 

Developing and implementing appropriate strategies, policies and programs to mitigate the risks and challenges they (the youth) face must be much more of a priority for the government than it currently is. Any failure to provide appropriate opportunities for this large segment of the population could have enormous economic, political, cultural and social consequences. Engaging the youth population fully is therefore no longer a choice but an imperative in the development process. The constant involvement of some young people as perpetrators of violence has led several segments of society to stereotype them as the problem.

However, Jijenge Jiboreshe Youth Initiative, research has shown that the solution to violent extremism and other threats to safety and stability of the countries in the Coastal region can be found in working with young people, reformed youth and tapping into their talents and potentials to reform and rebuild society, hence the Initiative work towards advocating for analytical discussion and strategies for engaging the youth through skills and knowledge empowerment, education, and employment. Jijenge Jiboreshe Youth Initiative also involves itself in mangrove ecosystem restoration at the ocean shoes to conserve the environment.

 

MANGROVES OF KENYA
Kenya has 60,645 ha of mangroves its Co-management by Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Community Forest Association(CFA) Forest act 2016,Over 20% are degraded. Two communities of mangroves (fringe and creek) formations occur along the Kenya coast. The largest formations occur in the north coast around the Lamu area and at the River Tana delta. Nine species of mangroves are found in Kenya with Rhizophora mucronata and Avicennia marina being the dominant species.
MANGROVES ZONATION
With an aid of a diagram the facilitator elaborated more to participants especially the eight species of mangroves found along the semi-arid Kenyan coast where they may occur as creek or fringe mangroves, based on the principal species, the mangrove zones observed in an upward shore direction.
mangrove
The mangroves zonation observed in an upward shore direction.
IMPORTANCE OF MANGROVES
The participants were taken through different categories and levels of importance of mangroves. These include; Community level, National level and Global level. The figure below illustrates the different categories hence there is a greater need to preserve the above plant.


COMMUNITY LEVEL

NATIONAL LEVEL

GLOBAL LEVEL

Timber and firewood
Fodder for animals
Traditional medicine
Food
Local employment
Recreation
Shell collection
Erosion control
Protection from storm damage

Timber production
Charcoal production
Shrimp & crab industries
Mangrove silviculture
Trade
Ecotourism
Water quality management
Education
Coastal & estuary protection

Conservation
Education
Preservation of biodiversity
Indicator of climate change


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