Wednesday, January 16, 2019

9th January, 2016

Amb. Ann Wanjohi of the Kenya Mission to United Nations Office in Nairobi (KMUNON) and Richard Mwendandu, Director, Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) listen to an interesting presentation during the workshop.

Amb. Ann Wanjohi of the Kenya Mission to United Nations Office in Nairobi (KMUNON) and Richard Mwendandu, Director, Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) listen to an interesting presentation during the workshop.

Stakeholders have endorsed an action plan that will guide the management of mercury in the country.

This was done during a two day stakeholder engagement workshop held in Nairobi under the Minamata Convention on Mercury that brought together sector players to interrogate the document and make improvements before it is submitted to parliament for ratification.

Mercury affects all of us either directly or indirectly through contaminated water, air and food. It is found in every dumping site in the country and the highly affected populations are those practicing fishing and artisanal gold mining.

Kenya does not mine mercury but it imports mercury and its products. However, though limits have been exceeded, there are no clear records to show the amounts of mercury stocks imported and locally used. This action plan will therefore ensure that mercury levels are not exceeded and also provide a way on how stocks will be stored instead of being released into the environment.

Representing Charles Sunkuli, Principal Secretary for Environment, Director, Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) Richard Mwendandu stated that the objective of the workshop was to bring stakeholders together to look at mercury in an integrated way and come up with measures which the national and county governments can use to minimize the harm caused by mercury and its products.

The Minamata Convention on Mercury was developed by UNEP and approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) at its 2nd sitting that followed the signing of the Convention of which Kenya is a signatory.

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