Visitors Information Centre
Welcome to the KWS Headquarters in Shimoni where you will find the information centre which provides detailed information on the history of the area and information about the Marine Protected Area with its various ecosystems including mangroves and coral reefs with all of their associated wildlife. This is a perfect place for colleges and universities to conduct lectures and seminars.
Conservation Education Programmes
Education programmes have been conducted by KWS and these will continue under the KWS conservation education strategy.
To educate and sensitize the Kenyan public and international community on the value of Kenya’s wildlife resources for increased support and participation in conservation.
To strengthen conservation education in order to increase public awareness, appreciation and support for conservation.
We educate and create awareness through links and collaboration with stakeholders to promote positive perception towards wildlife conservation.
These are the target groups for education:
– local communities
– boat and tour operators
– fishermen and Beach Management Units
– primary school students
– high school students
– university students
– organized groups
KWS in conjunction with other stakeholders have participated in several thematic days.
Marine Environmental Day: The purpose of this event is to create awareness of the importance of coastal biodiversity, sustainable resource use and conservation. Schools from the whole coast of Kenya are invited to Jomo Kenyatta beach in Mombasa
to participate in various activities demonstrate their knowledge and share ideas. There are various competitions between schools and colleges including sand building, music, poems and drama.
Since 2006 KWS and local stakeholders have delivered various educational programmes and workshops throughout the coast of Kenya. These workshops are been delivered to ten primary schools on the South Coast with topics including marine ecosystems and the importance of protecting habitats, and dolphin identification, behaviour, anatomy, and threats.
Workshops have also been given to all tour operators with topics including dolphin biology, anatomy, behaviour, species identification, responsible driving practices and threats. They are also given workshops on marine ecology, customer care, team building skills, tour guide skills and management.
In 2007 KWS, in conjunction with stakeholders, introduced a code of conduct which enforces responsible driving practices around marine mammals. The education has been delivered so that all operators can understand the importance of responsible dolphin, whale, and whale shark watching and the negative effects of not adhering to the policy.
Education has been given to fisherman by local Beach Management Units and KEMFRI (Kenya Fishery Department). These workshops were given to 6 villages based in the South Coast of Kenya with topics including responsible fishing practices, the effects of by-catch, sustainable fishing methods, and regulations.
Apart from thematic days or events, KWS with other stakeholders, is continuing to deliver education through education and extension workshops in order to address specific issues for target groups such as fishermen and tour operators on codes of conduct in the Park and Reserve. They also conduct programmes which involve working with the community on beach cleans ups, providing lectures on why it is important to keep our environment clean, the impacts of pollution, and importance of every organism within the environment.
KWS has worked with various media organizations through video, posters and brochures to promote sustainable resource management, to provide education on the importance of the coral reef ecosystem, and by identifying key issues such as the damage caused touching and snorkelling around corals, and the need for protection of wildlife.