07-06-2021 by Leni Frau
Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 8, the world will celebrate International Oceans Day, established in 1992. This year's theme is "The Life and Livelihood of the Sea."
This is also the case in Kenya, which is bathed by the Indian Ocean on one of its sides and has one of its most important resources in its coast. The sea that washes this country from Vanga, the last village on the border with Tanzania, to Kiunga, at the northern limit before Somalia, offers an important contribution to the economy thanks to fishing, despite the many concessions to foreign companies, for natural gas deposits and of course tourism.
But often, in considering these added values, we forget that the Indian Ocean is above all an ecosystem to be cared for and known in order to better protect and safeguard it.
For this reason, the efforts of many world foundations, environmental associations and NGOs, are directed to the protection of endangered fish species, the seabed and coral reefs and the heritage of mangroves, which are a fundamental medicine for the sea, the beaches and the climate.
All this, through the Kenya Wildlife Service which is committed to the conservation of marine reserves (including the important ones of Shimoni-Wasini and Malindi-Watamu), translates into continuous cleaning of the coasts and seabed especially from plastic, in awareness and prohibitions and demonstration actions to be disseminated, such as that of Tuesday which will see at the Malindi Marine Park bring back to the ocean a number of turtles that have been rescued and treated from pollution and other problems.
While in Watamu have been operating for some time organizations such as the Local Ocean Trust, which deals precisely with the protection and care of turtles, and the Watamu Marine Association, which takes care to monitor the lives of all ocean creatures and in particular of large cetaceans that twice a year pass not far from the Kenyan coast, in Malindi the KWS has been supported in its activities by the movement Malindi Green And Blue and the Progress Welfare Association of Malindi (PWAM) that through the days of cleaning beaches and participation in all initiatives in defense of the environment, are trying to reverse the course than in previous years.
Wherever you are, if near the ocean, tomorrow do something for our great friend, a habitat that has always given us so much, materially and especially spiritually.
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by Giovanna Grampa
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