A Rocha Kenya is a national branch of A Rocha, a Christian conservation organisation, that demonstrates God’s love for his world by facilitating a deeper understanding of creation and practical care for it through scientific research, environmental education and sustainable community-based conservation programmes.
A Rocha Kenya is one of over 18 projects around the world. Our projects involve the community in practical conservation based on careful fieldwork. By working with the local communities, A Rocha Kenya (ARK) aims to achieve the long-term conservation of threatened habitats and species in the Malindi-Watamu area. ARK was formally established in 1999 and opened the Mwamba Bird Observatory and Field Study Centre in Watamu in 2002.
A Rocha Kenya’s work focuses on four main areas:
Environmental Education: ARK works with local school wildlife clubs and resources local school teachers to coordinate and oversee environmental educational activities and to teach about environmental care within existing national curriculum activities.
Community Conservation: The Arabuko-Sokoke Schools and Eco-tourism Scheme (ASSETS) was set up by ARK in 2001 (see www.assets-kenya.org). The scheme uses money generated from eco-tourism to provide secondary school “Eco-bursaries” for local children which are closely tied in to action for the conservation of local threatened habitats and species.
Scientific Research: ARK has been collating baseline ornithological data in several of the major habitats since 1999, and is building on this to establish a research and monitoring programme. Surveys have been extended to include other taxa such as insects and benthic fauna. The knowledge gained from this work is vital for managing and protecting vulnerable or threatened sites.
Mwamba Bird Observatory and Field Study Centre: Mwamba provides facilities for scientific training and workshops, accommodation for interested visitors and volunteers, and provides a forum for discussions on environmental issues.
A volunteer programme is a major component of the life of the Centre and work. We provide opportunities for volunteers from all over the world to join in the work, learn new skills and contribute in a meaningful way to the work we are doing.
For further information about A Rocha Kenya, visit our main website and follow the links to Kenya: www.arocha.org