Nyota ya Mikoko, the Kenyan mangrove research vessel, was officially launched on July 26th 2020 during The International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.

French Ambassador to Kenya, Her Excellency Aline Kuster-Menager, and Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Julius Kamau, onboard the Nyota Ya Mikoko.

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The launch ceremony was held by the Kenya Forest Service at Lamu Island. In attendance was the French Ambassador to Kenya, Her Excellency Aline Kuster-Menager as well as teams from Kenya Forest Services, IRD and CIRAD.

The research vessel was acquired by the Lamu Mikoko Project of the FSPI program of the French ministry of Europe and foreign affairs, in an effort to enhance mangrove conservation and rehabilitation in the Kenyan Coast. The teams also participated in the planting of 2500 mangrove seedlings.

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The boat was inaugurated on July 26th, 2020.

David Williamson planting mangrove in Lamu.

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The last official action of David Williamson as IRD representative in Kenya consisted in planting Rhizophora mucronata trees with the local community of Lamu. A symbolic gesture to promote sustainability science, at the crossroads of multidisciplinarity, participatory and solution-oriented research for development.

Dominique Dumet will become IRD representative in East Africa in September 2020.