Appreciating WED 2017 stakeholders
By Samwel Irungu
The National Environment Management Authority organized a meeting to appreciate stakeholders who were involved in the World Environment Day 2017 (WED) preparations that was held at Egerton University on 5th June. The appreciation meeting was held at NEMA Headquarters on 18th July 2017.Speaking during the appreciation meeting, NEMA Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu stated that WED 2017 was the best national celebrations ever during his tenure at NEMA. He thanked stakeholders for working with NEMA in terms of financial support, exhibitions as well as by just attenting the event.He requested the stakeholders to continue working with NEMA on various fronts in the management of environment in the country as well as urging other stakeholders to join the band waggon on environmental conservation.
NEMA Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu (R ) awards a certificate to Deputy Director EEI&PP, Mamo B. Mamo (PHOTO: T. KOECH/NEMA]
On plastic carrier bags ban, the DG said, “The ministry and NEMA are willing to talk to Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) who are opposed to the ban on plastics. The Authority is not interested in shutting down the businesses of individuals dealing with plastics.” Prof Wahungu added that manufacturers should declare the their stock before the deadline and be open in addressing the issues around the ban on plastic carrier bags.“We are willing to negotiate with manufacturers as there is a place for everyone in the compliance arena”, Prof Wahungu added. The DG thanked stakeholders who have embraced green initiatives in their activities such as green procurement that is being done by some institutions
NEMA DG, staff and WED 2017 stakeholders in a group photo [PHOTO: S. IRUNGU/NEMA]
During the meetig, instutition, members of the WED 2017 National Steering Committee and NEMA staff involved in the planning were awarded certificates. The speakers during the meeting expressed their interest for increased collaboration in various environmental acivities.
Miss Environment Kenya receives a certificate from NEMA Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu [PHOTO: A. MWANGI/NEMA]