The “forgotten” tree brings piped water to a village!

By Wanjohi Kabukuru

[Gazi Bay, Kenya] Gazi Bay is a quiet sleepy village which lies some 55 kilometres south of Kenya’s coastal resort capital of Mombasa. It does not feature on the tourism circuit as the south-coast’s hotspots of Diani, Ukunda, Nyali, Kisite and even its direct neighbour Chale Island. And it fades into oblivion when one mentions Watamu, Malindi and Lamu.

Even with its idyllic coastal settings complete with hundreds of coconut tree fronds, fresh sea breeze and white sandy beaches Gazi Bay and its neighbour Makongeni Village appear nowhere in tourist pamphlets.

But when it comes to biodiversity conservation, Gazi Bay sheltered peacefully in azure blue waters off the Chale Peninsula with a thrust of the coastal mangroves greenery, shines like no other coastal community in the entire Africa.

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