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Participatory Marine Resource Mapping for Save Lamu Over the period June -November, 2014, ERMIS Africa, with financial support from SGP/GEF through Save Lamu, supported the Lamu Community Forum to develop and implement a Community Monitoring Tool for inventorying, mapping documenting marine resources around the proposed Lamu Port Area. The tool consist of an application running on a Smartphone and that sends collected data to a web-based cloud server. The tool captures data such as GPS coordinates, Photo, Video, Text and Numeric information that are provided by the community mapping and monitoring teams. The baseline information captured include socio-culture, natural resources and livelihoods information before the commencement of the project, which will be used in monitoring the impacts that might result from the implementation of the LAPSSET project. ERMIS hope to support other counties to conduct similar community mapping and monitoring exercises once funds are available.
A group photo after ERMIS Africa trained SAVE LAMU members on Participatory Marine Resource mapping using smartphone Technology. Over the last one week, 24-27 November, 2014, ERMIS Africa attended a meeting Lamu organized LCF coalition with financial support from Heinrich Boll Stiftung and coordinated by Natural Justice and Save Lamu. The meeting brought together Civil Society Organizations and County Governments of Lamu, Tana River, Garissa, Isiolo, Samburu, Turkana, Marsabit, Moyale, and Mandera and Wajir. The meeting held in Lamu over this week (24-27 November, 2014) aimed at
(i) Strengthening the LCF as a platform
(ii) Deepen the understanding of the medium and long-term strategic context of the LCF
(iii) Create a portfolio of the various advocacy strategies and building on the work done to date, and
(iv) Develop a strategic plans for LCF
On 26/11/2014, the Governor of Lamu, H.E. Issa Timamy, when opening the LAPSSET Community Forum, visited the section where a map depicting the result from the Community Monitoring of Marine Resources. He applauded the exercise and requested that he be provided with maps and report so that he can advocate for the consideration on the potential impacts on marine resources, an issues that has not been capture in the LAPSSET feasibility study. He once again indicated that he will support the initiatives of the LAPSSET Community Forum within the County of Lamu and as well lobby the other Governor of the counties with the corridor to support the forum and its activities.

Related links
1.   Data view of the resource mapped
2.   Map view of the resource mapped
3.   Facebook updates