Kenya and Swedish environment ministers hold talks in Nairobi

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Kenya’s Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has held bilateral talks with the Swedish delegation led by Swedish Minister of Environment Annika Strandhäll at the sidelines of UNEA 5.2 Meeting in Gigiri, Nairobi.

The CS said Kenya has done a lot on plastic pollution control by the ban of single-use plastics and ban of all plastics in protected areas including national parks and forests.

On waste management legislation that is currently in the senate, the CS said it will mainstream the circularity principle in national and county governments.

Adding that waste management is a devolved function, the national government only offers capacity building.

The CS lauded the Swedish government for supporting the Financing Locally-Led Climate Action Program (FLLOCA) together with World Bank.

The program will focus on capitalizing on the National and County Climate Change Funds; building country-level capacity for planning, budgeting, reporting and implementation of local climate actions in partnership with communities; and strengthening of national-level capacity for coordination, monitoring and reporting.

The Government, the CS said is in the process of overhauling the Environment Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) to incorporate the latest best practices and jurisprudence.

"It has been overhauled to include protection of environmental rights defenders, environmental and climate justice, protection of urban green spaces and forests, the crime of ecocide among others", CS Tobiko said.

On climate change, the CS said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been named the new chairperson for the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC). The country is also working on Long Term Strategy, a roadmap to decarbonization.

On her part, Minister Annika Strandhäll said there is a need to incorporate the young generation into environmental conservation.

She said as the world celebrates #UNEPat50 it must be seen as part of Stockholm+50 and as the world prepares for COP 27 to be held in Egypt.

The meeting was attended by Swedish Ambassador to Kenya Caroline Vicini, NETFUND CEO Samson Toniok, KEFRI Director Dr Joshua Cheboiwo, CCD Director Pacifica Ogolla, MEAs Director Cyrus Mageria among others.

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