Kenya develops a National Action Plan for Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining

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Ministry of Environment and Forestry has developed a National Action Plan for Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM), Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo has said.

The action plan aims at preventing the exposure of vulnerable populations, Particularly Children and Women of Childbearing Age, to Mercury Use in ASGM.

The PS said the Planet Gold Project conducted a gender dimensions analysis of the sector's existing policy and regulatory frameworks to inform the performance of the action plan and strategies for gender mainstreaming to address the exposure to mercury for women and children in particular.

The PS spoke during an interview with Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF).

Dr. Kiptoo, however, said there is still a need for implementation of the BRS Conventions, especially in the waste management sector,

He added that the Ministry need support to conduct a gender analysis of the impacts of chemicals such as UPOPs on women to help inform the country to update its National Implementation Plan (NIP), which is responsive to the needs of the different gender and significantly impacts women.

The Interview was conducted at the sidelines of the parties to Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

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