Kenya's share of Blue Economy to the GDP is 2.5 per cent, says PS Kiptoo

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Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo on Tuesday represented Environment CS Keriako Tobiko at a circular economy panel discussion at the sustainable blue economy investment forum in Cascais, Portugal.

In his remarks, PS Kiptoo said circular economy cycles must be able to regenerate living systems, provide renewable resources, support biodiversity, and diversify investment opportunities.

He said some of the changes needed to transition to a green and circular economy include optimal harnessing of natural products and cycles, greening products and logistics and management of any residual waste.

The PS said marine pollution is a significant challenge mainly driven by population growth and industrial development through heightened industrial and domestic waste generation.

"Marine pollution, if not addressed, will lead to the decline and extinction of marine life with dire consequences on food security, human health, leisure, recreation and support for human well-being and livelihoods", Said Dr.Kiptoo.

He said manufacturers' need to embrace sustainable development concepts requires a change in investment business models to uptake green and circular practices to reduce greenhouse emissions, biodiversity loss and pollution.

PS Kiptoo said Kenya's share of Blue Economy to the GDP is 2.5%, and the sector contributes an estimated Kshs. 178.8 billion to the economy annually, If fully exploited, it has the potential to generate revenue approaching Kshs. 500 billion each year.

"Manufacturers must ensure that materials released to consumers can be reused and recycled. We must consider life cycle analysis and product designs to ensure zero waste by adopting industrial symbiosis, where one industry wastes resources for another sector," said the PS.

In addition, the PS said that the Kenyan government is keen to continually review, develop and implement policies and legislation to oversee a successful transition from a linear to a circular economy and contribute to a sustainable blue economy.

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