A Rocha Kenya’s scientific programme has a focus on the local threatened habitats and species including Arabuko-Sokoke forest, Mida Creek, Dakatcha Woodlands and the local marine ecosystem. Through it we seek to better understand the species and ecosystems and the threats to them and in so doing help to protect them
A Rocha Kenya is committed to ensuring the long-term survival of the five Malindi-Watamu Important Bird Areas (IBAs), designated because of their international importance. The five IBAs include Arabuko-Sokoke Forest; Mida Creek, Whale Island and Malindi-Watamu Coast; Gede Ruins National Monument; Sabaki River Mouth; and the Dakatcha Woodland.
By encouraging, training and resourcing a small but growing number of Kenyan field workers, A Rocha Kenya is making a unique contribution to the conservation of the country's natural resources. Skilled amateur observers as well as conservation professionals are helping to collect vital data about national biodiversity. By interpreting this information and sharing it with those in local communities who are interacting with the environment, effective land management strategies can be developed to ensure that Kenya's rich biodiversity is appreciated by future generations.
The Kenya Bird Map project aims to map all of Kenya’s bird species and describe their status with the help of valued input from Citizen Scientists – volunteer members of the public who are keen to contribute through going birding and submitting their observations to the project.
Our marine research supports management of Watamu Marine Park, one of East Africa’s oldest Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The coral reefs, rockpools and seagrass beds in this park are home to amazing marine biodiversity. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) have highlighted the need for research in order to manage this incredible wildlife sanctuary and our program exists to serve the park, KWS, and the Watamu community.