© John Kabubu
Coastal East Africa InitiativeThe Mafia Island coast in Tanzania. Currently, over 20 million people live in and along coastal forests and landscapes in Eastern Africa.
- By 2020 priority landscapes and seascapes are conserved through networks of protected areas.
- By 2020 mitigation and adaptation strategies for climate change are under implementation.
- By 2025 at least 80% of the timber and fisheries products are sourced from sites and producers that practice legal and sustainable management.
- By 2025 key habitats and species are conserved, continuing to provide goods and services to more than 20 million people.
Facts & Figures
The East Africa coast supports rich wildlife populations of which 60-70% are found only in the Indo-Pacific and 15% are found no where else in the world. This includes:
- 3,000 species of molluscs
- 1,500 species of fish
- 1,000 species of seaweeds
- 300 species of crabs
- 200 coral species
- 100 species of sea cucumbers
- 50 species of starfishes
- 35 species of marine mammals