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Restaurant offers Customers Free Education About Environmental Conservation

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You will often find stakeholders from various sectors being welcomed by various governmental and private organizations at conferences to receive training on environmental issues and the effects of climate change.

Such conferences are often funded at a high cost of money as long as people can be mobilized in relation to issues related to the environment, whether it is marine, forest, or terrestrial.

In addition, in Lamu County, there is one restaurant where customers who visit there have been benefiting greatly from free training on the environment and education related to the effects of climate change. The restaurant called Kitangani Beach and Restaurant is located in Mokowe, Lamu West Constituency.

It is a restaurant that faces the Indian Ocean but the scenery of the restaurant itself is filled with trees, especially mangroves. On the Indian Ocean side, you will see jumping fish enjoying the marine environment.

Customers who have been visiting there have enjoyed receiving important messages about the environment and climate change, whether through a direct route or posters hung on each side with text to warn or educate devotees about the importance of the environment and how to take care of it.

You will find drawings and inscriptions written on the stump of a mangrove tree with messages like ‘The Ocean is Where Trees/Mangroves Belong’ or ‘Kwenye Miti/Misitu Nisiku Ni Raha’.

All this is in the process of putting the devotee in the image of how life improves when the environment of the Sea, Forests and others are taken care of properly. The manager of Kitangani Beach and Restaurant, Mr Fredrick Mwaganje told the press that they decided to start the restaurant as one of the ways to fight environmental damage, albeit in an alternative way.

Mr Mwaganje said that many who visit the restaurant have been satisfied with the existing arrangement, especially in terms of service because apart from getting a warm reception and all kinds of refreshments, the same customers leave with knowledge about environmental management.

“First of all, here we receive guests and walk them through our grounds, looking at the mangroves that surround this area. There they always have the opportunity to read the posters we have hung, all of which are loaded with the message of the importance of taking care of and preserving our environment,” said Mr Mwaganje.

He adds that in the hall, they also have waiters who are always ready to talk to customers about issues related to the environment.

“We also have special tapes with the same message, where customers watch and listen to teachings about the environment and the effects of climate change and how to deal with the situation while they wait to be downloaded and relax on our forums,” explained Mr Mwaganje.

At the Kitangani Restaurant, customers also have the opportunity to go to the beach and even go on a boat ride in the sea to see all kinds of fish and even catch the fish to enjoy a fresh dish. It is due to the uniqueness of the hotel that it has recently become popular, especially with organizations that protect the environment, including that of the local Forestry Services (KFS), where many conferences to discuss environmental issues have been held at the restaurant.

Chairman of Mangrove Cutters and Caregivers, Lamu County, Abdulrahman Aboud is among the customers of Kitangani Beach and Restaurant. In an interview with press Mr. Aboud praised the founders of the restaurant, saying that their efforts have helped a lot in giving citizens, visitors and tourists motivation and education about environmental management and many other issues that are implemented to deal with climate change.

Mr Aboud urged more investors to come to Lamu and start similar projects to help preserve the environment in the country.

“I enjoy every time I visit Kitangani Beach and Restaurant. This restaurant is placed in a beautiful place that previously witnessed the destruction of mangroves and pollution of the sea. Since the establishment of this hotel, we have seen that cases of environmental damage have decreased,” said Mr Aboud.

The officer also pleaded with the county and national government to help the young people who started the Kitangani Beach and Restaurant to avoid being harassed by thugs who have been stalking the area to seize it.

“I know there are some “mabwenyenye” who are already on the way to fight these young people who started the Kitangani Beach and Restaurant. They want to grab the land. The county government and the national government should help these young people not to be deprived of this land. They perform an important duty and must be respected,” said Mr Aboud.

In addition to the Kitangani Beach and Restaurant restaurant carrying out the responsibility of educating customers on the importance of preserving the environment and avoiding pollution and damage, the same situation has also been developed in Mkokoni, East Lamu, where groups of mothers have also been taking care of the environment through alternative means.

Among those ways is to set aside a special day to go to the beach and into the sea to pick up waste, especially plastic, and collect it in one place to avoid the effects of the dirt being swallowed by fish that end up dying.

In addition, the same mothers have also been building huts and porches for airing on the beaches using plastic bottles and other waste as long as those who visit those places get training on the effects of environmental pollution and to deal with the effects of climate change.

In the Shella area, on the island of Lamu, environmental activists and tourism stakeholders have also been using alternative methods to take care of the environment of the Indian Ocean, including placing special bags to store plastic and other waste for visitors, tourists and locals who visit the beaches to have fun. Banners hung on many beaches of the Indian Ocean, Lamu County have also been used to convey these messages.

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