The Tana River Delta Website

The Tana River Delta (02°27’S 040°17’E) is the second most important estuarine and deltaic ecosystem in Eastern Africa and is Kenya's 6th Ramsar Site with a significant local community of cattle herders and others dependent on it who have lived in and around the delta for centuries.

It covers an area of 163,600ha (404,000 acres) and comprises of a diverse range of habitats that support a rich diversity of wildlife and plants including coastal and marine prawns, shrimps, bivalves and fish, five species of threatened marine turtles and IUCN red-listed African elephant (Loxodonta africana), Tana Mangabey (Cercocebus galeritus), Tana River Red Colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus rufomitratus) and White-collared Monkey (Cercopithecus mitis albotorquatus). Over 600 plant species have been identified, including the endangered Cynometra lukei and Gonatopus marattioides. It also supports many tens of thousands of wetland birds and is internationally important for the survival of no less than 22 species of birds…making the delta one of the key sites in the country for waterbird conservation” (BirdLife International).

Latest News

25th June 2013 - Canadian biofuel company has pulled out of Tana River Delta

The Bedford Biofuel company based in Calgary, Canada, has pulled out of its Jatropha curcas biofuel plantation project which it started with a pilot some three years ago. Giving reasons that the political and economic situation was not good for business, Bedford Biofuels have closed down operations in Kenya. Read more about this and about biofuels across Africa on this link.

12th October 2012 -  designation of Tana Delta Ramsar Site

After many years of data collection and mapping by Kenya Wildlife Service, KenWeb, Kenya Wetlands Forum and others, the Tana River Delta has been designated as Kenya's 6th Ramsar Site. This will significantly raise the profile of the delta for its importance for biodiversity conservation and assist in the process of having it better conserved. For further information read more here...

10th October 2011

Following on from the high-level inter-ministerial team that visited the Tana River Delta in mid-September, an official communiqué was published regarding the government's committment to seeing a thorough process implemented to achieve a proper management plan for the delta - and for other deltas in Kenya. This communiqué can be read here.

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Sunset over the Tana River Delta

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