The objectives of ACES are to work with local communities in coastal regions in the developing world, particularly in East Africa. We help local people restore and conserve their natural coastal ecosystems, bringing benefits to nature and to local development. ACES was established in order to achieve these specific objectives –

  • Advance environmental protection through the preservation and rehabilitation of coastal habitats such as mangrove forests.
  • Relive poverty by improving the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities living close to these habitats, by building capacity to ensure the sustainable management of coastal forest resources and by helping community’s access payments from ecosystem services generating from protecting these forests.
  • Advance science by promoting research into the dynamics of coastal habitats and the people living around them.

Although we currently work with communities in East Africa, our ambition is to extend this work towards other developing countries and communities throughout tropical and subtropical areas.