The Lamu Archipelago lies 2 degrees south of the Equator along Kenya’s coast. The archipelago is a chain of islands separated from the mainland by a narrow channel bordered with dense mangrove forest and protected from the Indian Ocean by coral reefs and large sand dunes.
Lamu Island has been a port of call for travellers for centuries. The many historical sites are proof of the area’s long and rich history which, when combined with all the natural attraction of its tropical setting, culminated in Lamu being added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
For the last 22 years the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust (LaMCoT) has been working in the Lamu Archipelago. What started as a turtle conservation project has successfully grown to now encompass a patrolled community marine conservancy amongst other projects. The core belief of LaMCoT is that it must be a community led organisation and therefore having the understanding and support from the local community is important to the continued success and future projects of the trust.
This short documentary aims to showce the beauty of this unique archipelago and the great work the marine conservation trust has been doing, but also highlight what could be lost due to unchecked and unsustainable development and modernisation. Not only does this documentary cover what happens on land but it also dives underwater filming never before filmed reefs and marine ecosystems along with artisanal fishing practices.
For more information on the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust please go to lamcot.org
Dedicated to Lars Korschen