Friday, October 20, 2017

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu holds a water bottle when she declared Karura Forest Plastic free she is flanked by Prof. Karanja Njoroge (in glasses), Winnie Kiiru & KFS Chief Conservator Mr. Emilio Mugo

The government is working towards plastics free protected areas to include national forests and parks, Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

She confirmed that the recent ban on plastic carrier bags in the country was successful and attributed it to positive behavior change among Kenyans who were now using eco-friendly alternatives.

She appealed to Kenyans to promote clean, healthy and safe environment that was habitable and attractive to investors in a bid to achieve better economic development.

Prof. Wakhungu was speaking today when she launched a cleanup exercise dubbed “a plastic free Karura forest” an initiative of the friends of Karura forest association.

The initiative aims at eliminating all forms of plastics in the forest especially plastic bottles that are a common feature among campers and picnic goers. It is now mandatory for all people visiting Karura forest either for picnics or leisure walk to declare any plastics they might be carrying upon entering the premises.

She said that a countrywide clean-up exercise initiated by the National government through the National Environment Management Authority targeting protected areas, towns and villages had yielded positive results.

The cabinet Secretary further observed that the ban on plastic carrier bags had boosted cottage industries with women and the youth securing better markets for their eco-friendly alternative products. These include hand woven baskets and bags.

Prof. Wakhungu who was accompanied by the Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Emilio Mugo said that the public would soon be sensitized on the need for phasing out and recycling single use plastic bottles that were a menace in public places and especially picnic sites.

 

The chairman of the friends of karura forest association prof. Karanja Njoroge thanked the government for recently revoking 400  title deeds that had been issued in respect of land in the conservation area.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu looks at a sign at Karura Forest when she declared it as Plastic free zone

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