Kenya's Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Dashboard

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat has built interactive dashboards for a range of different Western Indian Ocean (WIO) data. The visualizations below showcase the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Kenya and was generated from our Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Outlook that was produced in collaboration with the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).

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a) * This is also Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 on conservation of 10% of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services by 2020.

b) The Malindi–Watamu National Reserve (MWNR) MPA area has been included within the Watamu Marine National Park (WMNP).

c) All the MPAs have been assigned IUCN categories. The national reserves have been categorised as IUCN category VI and all Marine Park have been categorised as IUCN category II.

d) Designation: NP – National Park; NR – National Reserve, MAB – Man and Biosphere Reserve

e) Within each MPA, there is typically a small (< 30km²) no-take marine area (called a Marine National Park) which is encompassed in a wider multiple-use area (Marine Reserve).
f) Definitions: Marine park -  protected marine area where NO fishing, construction work or any disturbance is allowed unless with permission ; Marine reserve - protected area where subsistence fishing is permitted. 
g) IUCN Categories: VI - Protected area with sustainable use of natural resources; II - National Park


d) The designations employed and the presentations of material do not imply the expressions of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNEP, Nairobi Convention, or contributory organisations concerning the legal status of any country, territory*, city area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries or the designation of its name, frontiers or boundaries.