18-04-2023 by redazione
Mida Creek is one of the special features that make a tourist destination renowned throughout Africa for its beaches and bays and the colors of the Indian Ocean, something special.
Few beach resorts packed with amenities, resorts, bars and restaurants can boast an ecosystem that includes a marine creek and mangrove forest.
The Midas area, beyond its beauty, deserves to be known and discovered by international tourism also and especially with a view to preserving it and passing on a "reserve" logic to new generations, just as is done in Samburu or certain parts of the Maasai Mara.
Mangroves are not only important because they are home to crabs, fish and shellfish, but more importantly because their presence is essential to protect vulnerable coastlines from soil erosion.
They call them "roots of the sea," and there cannot be a more beautiful image, as well as a truer one.
Mangroves really underlie a variety of ecological functions, ranging from a human economic perspective to the conservation of environmental biodiversity, flora and fauna.
The major "physical" functions are storm prevention, reduction of water turbidity and coastal erosion, as well as nutrient uptake and processing.
The local people living within this type of ecosystem often survive entirely on goods from mangrove forests.
Within its channels are deposited the eggs of fish and birds, which will thus be protected in their first days of life, thanks to that interweaving of roots that protects them from strong open ocean currents and predators. Mangroves are the cradle of local wildlife. In particular, Mida Creek is one of the largest mangrove ecosystems in the world, recognized by UNESCO, covering an area of 32 km. The tides create different landscapes and colors, and one is fascinated by the different habitats that can be found: mud, white sand, open water or tiny channels. It is not only a paradise for human sight, but also for dozens of species of fish, birds, seaweed and mangroves themselves (there are 9 different types).
The importance of Mida Creek and its mangroves should be noted not only at the environmental level of flora and fauna, but also at the human level: the communities living within or adjacent to it derive not only nourishment but also income from it. Population growth has certainly affected deforestation and consequently the need to maintain and in some ways help this ecosystem. Reforesting and planting mangroves means helping not only nature and its wonders, but also the fishing and gathering communities that live in this paradise so that it is not destroyed. In Midas, by taking organized "bird watching" walks on foot, one can observe very rare and fascinating species of birds, such as the African fish eagle, the yellow-billed stork, and two particular varieties of kingfishers, one of which is malachite green in color.
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