Kenya Targets To Recover 95 % Of The Waste And Reserve Only 5% For Land Filling

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Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo has said nature-based solutions require harnessing the synergy between different UN Conventions and multilateral agreements guided by science-policy and practice nexus.

He said Kenya, as a nature-based economy, has sought fundamental actions premised on clean and renewable energy to protect biodiversity and conserve and sustain the ocean resources.

The PS was speaking at a United Nations High-Level Thematic Debate entitled a 'Moment for Nature' in the USA, New York.

He highlighted the enacted Sustainable Waste Management Act 2022 as a significant milestone to transition waste management from linear to a circular economy with a target to recover 95% of the waste and reserve only 5% for landfill, which will help achieve Kenya's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) target on waste.

The PS said, like other countries, Kenya has been affected by the triple planetary climate change crisis, biodiversity loss, and pollution.

"This has been attributed partly to our pursuit of a linear development model," said Dr. Kiptoo.

He said Kenya has implemented the ban on single-use plastics, imposed a moratorium on logging, and pursued a rigorous national tree planting campaign. Kenya's forest cover has since increased to more than the constitutional target of more than 10%.

The session aimed to achieve a level of cohesion needed among the global environmental work streams to keep the 1.5 degrees target alive and rapidly accelerate the implementation of the SDGs for sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recoveries.

The session focused on the interlinkages and synergies between the different strands of the environmental action tracks and on common challenges.

The UN General Assembly has a critical role in raising awareness, fostering political consensus, galvanizing momentum and giving strategic direction to the UN system, and forging multi-sectoral partnerships among the broader global community for the scale and breadth of ambition needed to secure resilient COVID-19 recoveries that ensure humanity's future and future generations' wellbeing.

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