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Environmental Education Programme for Integrated Solid Waste Management in Kiambu County, Kenya


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Case Study presentation: Environmental Education Programme for Integrated Solid Waste Management in Kiambu County, Kenya
Ms. Bancy Ireri, RCE Greater Nairobi
11th Global RCE Conference
7-9 December, 2018
Cebu, the Philippines

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Environmental Education Programme for Integrated Solid Waste Management in Kiambu County, Kenya

  1. 1. Environmental Education Programme for Integrated Solid Waste Management in Kiambu County, Kenya By RCE Greater Nairobi And County Government of Kiambu
  2. 2. TITLE OF THE PROJECT Environmental Education Programme for Integrated Solid Waste Management in Kiambu County, Kenya
  3. 3. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PROJECT AREA  Population – 1,623,282  Area – 2,449 Km2  There is steady increase in population and urbanization leading to higher consumption of natural resources and hence the resultant generation of wastes.  Kiambu County produces over 900 tonnes of solid waste per day. Of this, 70% of the waste is collected and taken to the approved dumping sites.  The rest is not collected and thus constitutes a public eyesore and a public health challenge.
  4. 4. CHALLENGES THE PROJECT IS ADDRESSING  Insufficient public awareness and enforcement of legislation is a hindrance to sustainable solid waste management.  Understaffing and a lack of skilled staff in waste management.  Solid waste is often dumped haphazardly in urban open spaces.  Indiscriminate burning of plastic and other wastes produces very toxic fumes which are very harmful to human beings and the environment.  Uncontrolled dumpsites are some of the major sources of greenhouse gases contributing to global climate change.
  5. 5. RATIONALE  There is indiscriminate disposal of waste  A culture of willful segregation of waste by producers is lacking.  The methods of transporting the waste as well as disposing it are not up to standard.  Most of the solid waste that is generated is made of non-biodegradable materials  The programme will boost the effect of the already formulated policy and legislative initiatives on solid waste management
  8. 8. GOAL OF THE PROJECT To transform the mindset and perception of the Citizens of Kiambu County on sustainable management of solid waste from cradle to grave, enhance a clean county environment, restore public health and trigger sustainable income generation scheme through building an economic enterprise around solid waste by 2022
  9. 9. PROJECT PHASES  Phase 1 – Planning and needs assessment  Phase 2 – Curriculum design and modules development  Phase 3 – Training  Phase 4 – Monitoring and evaluation
  10. 10. EXPECTED RESULTS  A clean and healthy environment within Kiambu County  Sustainable public health through improved sanitation thus reducing environmental health related diseases  Sustainable employment and income generation scheme for the participating community based groups (youth, women and people with disabilities)  Enhanced businesses and profitability through availing conducive environments to carry out commercial activities  Capacity of participating community groups
  11. 11. TARGET GROUPS TO BE TRAINED  All persons handling wastes at Sub County level  The County environmental officers  County support staff that includes the sweepers, garbage loaders and office cleaners.  Drivers and loaders of garbage trucks  Policy makers in the county government  Environmental committee of the County Assembly  Private waste handlers  People involved in sanitation.  Business community that includes the corporate institutions  Community environment volunteers  The teachers in the schools within the county
  12. 12. OTHER ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THE PROJECT  Sorting and recycling of e-wastes  Waste water management  Conversion of waste to energy  Use of microorganisms in production of manure from biodegradable wastes
  13. 13. KEY MESSAGE ABOUT THE PROJECT  The continued problem of waste management in urban areas requires serious intervention.  The problem has been escalating because of population growth, production and consumption and economic prosperity.  SDG 12 – Emphasises responsible consumption and production.  The Kenyan constitution in article 42 – Emphasises that every person has the right to a clean and healthy environment.  This includes the right to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations through legislative and other measures including education.
  14. 14. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT The project steering committee  Dr. Esther Kitur : Coordinator, RCE Greater Nairobi  Dr. Everlyn Wemali : Lecturer, Environmental Education  Dr. Isaac Mwangi : Lecturer, School of Education  Mr. David Kuria :CECM, Environment, Water, Energy & Natural Resources  Eng. John Muhia :Chief Officer, , Environment, Water, Energy & Natural Resources  Mr. Patrick Theuri : Director, Environment  Ms. Esther Kaguima : Director, Energy and Climate Change  Mr. Samuel W. Kiarie: Director, Natural Resources and Forestry  Ms. Alice Muchiri : Assistant Director, Environmental Education  Mr. Alan I. C. Kirui : Lecturer, Environmental Planning and Management  Ms. Anncarol Karanja : Lecturer, Microbiology  Mr. David Kariuki : Chairman, Kiambu WRUAs  Ms. Bancy Ireri : Admin. Assistant, RCE Greater Nairobi
  15. 15. THANK YOU Project presented by Ms. Bancy Ireri Admin. Assistant – RCE Greater Nairobi Kenyatta University Email: