Eight scientists and conservationists from around the world have been named the 2019 recipients of the Pew fellowship in marine conservation. These individuals and their projects were selected for their significant promise in protecting a diverse group of marine species and habitats.
One of these scientists who was selected is from the Western Indian Ocean region. James Kairo , Chief Scientist at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute seeks to boost conservation of Kenya’s mangrove forests by supporting their inclusion in the country’s climate mitigation strategy based on their potential to store carbon.
Since 1996, the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation has recognised 172 marine experts in 39 countries. Fellows receive $150,000 each to pursue a three-year project to address a pressing ocean conservation challenge.
Fellowship projects often continue to have marine conservation impacts long after a recipient’s term has concluded.