Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental charity is to help bankroll the expansion of a Edinburgh Napier University’s conservation project in Kenya.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is donating £37,000 (US$50,000) to the pioneering work of Mikoko Pamoja (‘Mangroves Together’ in Swahili) which involves Edinburgh-based scientists working with local villagers and researchers to protect threatened mangrove forests and fund community development.
The project in Kenya’s Gazi Bay, 50km south of Mombasa, was recently named as a winner of the 2017 Equator Prize by the United Nations Development Programme.
DiCaprio said he was proud to support the environmental work of more than 100 organisations, tackling the “urgent, existential challenges of climate change”.
Professor Mark Huxham, who is leading the university’s work in the area, said: “Protecting mangroves helps the people who rely on them, the wildlife that lives in them, and the climate upon which we all depend.”