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WATAMU SUSTAINABLE TOURISM for ELIMINATION of POVERTY (ST-EP) Project launch 25 November 2011 Partners “The COAST project wishes to explicitly acknowledge the importance of funding provided by the Global Environment Facility and other donors and partners including UNEP, UNIDO and UNWTO, as well as all other in-country project partners” REPUBLIC OF KENYA MINISTRY OF TOURISM Background The Collaborative Actions for Sustainable Tourism (COAST) Project aims to support and enhance the conservation of globally significant coastal and marine ecosystems and associated biodiversity in sub‐Saharan Africa, through the reduction of negative environmental impacts which they receive as a result of coastal tourism. The Project launch was attended by community, tourism and conservation representatives alongside government agencies and public administration officers Watamu Kenya Wildlife Service Warden Dickson Korir alongside Tourism and Forestry officers and the Watamu Chief address guests on the value of sustainable tourism and ecotourism to local communities WMA Project Coordinator Asma Hadi discusses the Project and activities Artwork and curios made from beach debris being highlighted as a potential small business enterprise for poor community groups Guest of Honour, Malindi District Officer Josephine Njenga closes the launch with a supportive speech that gets a smile from Samuel Nganga, the District Environment Officer and COAST Project Watamu Coordinator The Project launch was attended by representatives from: 1.

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