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We work with government, business, financial institutions, the science community, environmental organisations, Beach Management Units, NGO's and civil society to catalyse and scale bold pragmatic solutions to ultimately establish and initiate an action agenda for transitioning towards a sustainable ocean. 




"How we govern the ocean will determine who accesses and benefits from the ocean space"

Our approach is based on four pillars: Ecological, Social, Economic and Governance.

Through our road-tested cohesive strategy, we are working with relevant stakeholders and partners to place 270km of the Kenya coastline in Kilifi County under collaborative management. 


We have created a multi-stakeholder forum to establish a clear way forward for successful environmentally based natural resource management. We focus on peer-to-peer practical learning showcasing a ‘living classroom’ - the 15-year-old Marine Protected Area (Tengefu) in Kuruwitu, and the wider 150 sq km Kuruwitu Co-Managed area.

We have built a support network and a database of informative resources and toolkits on Co-Managed areas which illustrate the vital components for success. Our approach encourages a custodian mindset of living in harmony with coastal ecosystems and creates a virtuous circle where everyone benefits.



Our 20 years of experience in Kuruwitu in LMMA management demonstrates that marine resources within a fishery work best when ownership is led by local communities. With top to bottom responsibility, communities understand how vitally important it is to take care of marine resources for their livelihoods and the generations to follow.


Building on the proven community conservation model that has worked so well at Kuruwitu we are scaling up to share, support and encourage wider uptake of this model.

Our four-pillar approach and our 6-step program are essential to building local capacity, ensuring the security of tenure and building confidence for communities and fisheries management. This approach has influenced other coastal communities and gained momentum throughout Kenya and the wider Western Indian Ocean.


Through our Co-Management approach, we work with Beach Management Units (BMU's). local authorities and collaborate with partner organizations that give their support with local legislation, research and logistics. One of our initiatives is the LMMA Community Network in Kilifi County which provides a framework for community exchange and dialogue to share the benefits through local experiences of community-based fisheries management and conservation.

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Good governance is a blueprint for successful management in any organisation, but in the community conservation sphere, it's often lacking. We believe it's important to have clear governance structures to support growth.



Most communities living along the coast have been dependent on nature for their livelihood, food, water, and security. Oceans Alive has therefore adopted nature-based solutions, promoting Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) based on traditional principles of “Tengefu” (Swahili for LMMA).

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We run awareness and training programs to educate and stress the importance of community engagement in coastal resource management and the link to improved livelihoods. We do this by showing case the success of Kuruwitu and peer-to-peer learning.

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The health of a community is deeply connected with the environment they live in. We take a holistic approach to community wellbeing and resilience, focusing on improved community health (including mental health, family planning and unexpected challenges like Covid-19), resilience and food security.