In 2019, Thanks to the collaborative work between KMMREC, KWS, KMMN and Golder, we applied for 4 IMMA’s to the IUCN Marine Mammal Task Force, out of which 3 were accepted. These where Kisite - Shimoni, Watamu- Malindi and Watamu Banks and Lamu Offshore IMMA and Lamu Archipelago remains to be an Area of Importance.
Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) are defined as discrete portions of habitat, important to marine mammal species, that have the potential to be delineated and managed for conservation.IMMAs consist of areas that may merit place-based protection and/or monitoring. ‘Important’ in the context of the IMMA classification refers to any perceivable value, which extends to the marine mammals within the IMMA, to improve the conservation status of those species or populations.
The creation of a network of IMMAs represents a cost-effective approach to conservation. The rationale for developing IMMAs includes:
To discover more on the process for identifying IMMAs
IMMA Summary & IMMA e-Atlas