Friday, 20 March 2020

THE MARINE EDUCATION CENTRE- Environmental Education and Awareness


In late 2018 The Sands at Nomad finished renovations on an old boat house turning it into a conservation education and awareness location called the Marine Education Centre (MEC).

Located next to the Sand's recycling centre, a short five minute walk from the Hotel reception through the Corral Rag forest. The centre is open to visitors daily from 3 to 5pm


The MEC has now become the home and operating location for three different conservation, education and research organisations all focusing on bringing awareness to visitors on the plight of the oceans the planet the wildlife within.. and how this effects us and our future generations.(Towards sustainability)



The Conservation Education Society  was created as a way to educate and make aware both local and international students on issues such as marine wildlife, ecosystems and conservation. Throughout 2019, 554 students and 71 teachers visited the MEC on ‘ecotours’ which allowed them to take part in specifically designed education programs, from which, it is hoped they taken away knowledge which may help both their own and their (our) planets future. As further support initatives the conservation education society also has provided educational packages for five of the local schools in the area and also provides awareness education for international students. For more info please visit-  www.ceskenya.org


The Diani Turtle Watch was originally started in Diani in 2012 by it’s Watamu based parent organization Local Ocean Conservation. DTW was started with the aim of protecting and creating awareness as to the plight of sea turtles and as an organization seeking to find solutions to the present day problems turtles face when nesting. Around the world, sea turtles are being forced to lay their eggs in bad nesting locations due to beachside development, beach erosion, and nest security from people. For more info on this organisation please visit-  https://localocean.com


The Olive Ridley Project began working in Kenya through a partnership with The Sands at Nomad and the Marine Education Center.  This Project has begun the first turtle ID database in Kenya which had, at the end of November 2019 and from 1663 sightings, identified and databased 401 sea turtles of which 365 were Green turtles and 36 were Hawksbill turtles. The data collected from this and other projects are useful as key indicators of marine ecosystem health. The Sands at Nomad has, for another year, agreed to sponsor and support the Olive Ridley Project throughout 2020. For more info on this please visit www.theoliveridleyproject.org


·      In the coming year there are plans for the MEC to do marine awareness workshops with some of the local boat operators so giving them knowledge on how to manage visitors as well as understand reasons and best-practice on how to preserve the ocean and interact with marine life. 

BELOW ARE SOME BASIC MARINE PROTECTION RULES

It's for the environment and people's livelihoods, please care.

      Don't touch corral
Don't stand on corral
Don't buy sea shells
Don't throw trash into the Ocean.
Don't remove Starfish from the water (they die and they are VERY important for eating sea urchins)
Keep engine rev's low in shallow water.
No Jetski's over corral gardens.
Anchor in Sandy areas do not throw Anchors into corral.
Don't fish in Fish maternity and breeding areas.
Don't buy undersized sea food (sustainable procurement)


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