Kenya’s effort to curb pollution commended

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A section of Danish Members of Parliament has lauded Kenya for its efforts in curbing pollution, following the ban on single-use plastics and the successful push that saw the passing of the UNEA Resolution, to ‘End Plastic Pollution.

Speaking when she met with members of the Strategic Sector Cooperation Steering Committee who are on a study visit in Denmark, MP Ms Karen Ellenmann and a former Minister of Environment said Kenya has made impressive steps in meeting its global obligations such as curbing pollution and setting ambitious National Determined Contributions.

She said the Danish government faces similar challenges which need collaboration to learn and share experiences and added that passing laws is easy and implementation becomes an uphill task.

Liberal Party MP Rasmus Peterson said there is a need to raise awareness for all sectors to end waste as a resource.

Environment and Forestry PS Dr Chris Kiptoo who his the head of the delegation appreciated the Danish Government for supporting the government in the environment sector through the Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) Initiative 1 and 2 and the Green Growth and Employment Program which have contributed to the development of the Sustainable Waste Management Bill.

Environment Committee Vice Chair Hon Paul Nzengi said the study is an eye opener on ideas to be implemented and that the legislation will collaborate with NEMA and private sector to ensure its implemented.

Former Danish Minister Kirsten Brosbol challenged law makers to be accountable for law passed with a global perspective on the likely implications especially global responsibilities such as reduction of carbon foot prints and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The team comprising of SSC steering working group were invited to Danish Parliament to share experiences on legislation process in the study aimed at learn on best practices in regulation and guidelines on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and waste management.

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