Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Mwera Secondary School

photo (C) Sea Sense
photo (C) Sea Sense

Situated in Mwera ward, Pangani District the school caters for students from four villages. This school is linked with Sea Sense which has been supported by Born Free since 2001.

Sea Sense’s work is carried out in close collaboration with coastal communities, helping to change attitudes towards sea turtle conservation.  There has been a dramatic reduction in egg poaching as a result. Sea turtles have been under increasing pressure over the last century, resulting in three of the seven species being classified as critically endangered.

Students: 311

Age range: 13 – 18 years

Male: female ratio: 1:1

Local wildlife/environmental challenges:

  1. Deforestation, widespread vegetation clearance and bush fires during the farming season; 
  2. Illegal fishing practices that degrade critical marine habitats and threaten marine species;
  3. Uncontrolled mangrove harvesting for building materials and for access to fishing bait;  
  4. Pollution caused by poor waste management; 
  5. Limited understanding of environmental conservation solutions amongst local people

Key achievements in 2014/15:

  1. Mwera is a new Global Friends partner in 2015/16

2015/16 funding:

  • Student study tour to sea turtle nesting beaches;
  • Raising community awareness of sea turtle and environmental conservation through community events;
  • Beach and street clean-ups;
  • A local mangrove replanting project will also be carried out this year.
Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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