The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), is established under the Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act No. 8 of 1999 (EMCA) as the principlal instrument of Goverment for the implementation of all policies relating to environment . EMCA 1999 was enacted against a backdrop of 78 sectoral laws dealing with various components of the environment, the deteriorating state of Kenya's environment, as well as increasing social and economic inequalities, the combined effect of which negatively impacted on the environment. The supreme objective underlying the enactment of EMCA 1999 was to bring harmony in the management of the country's environment.
Mandate of NEMA
Section 9(i) of EMCA mandates the Authority to exercise general supervision and coordination over all matters relating to the environment and to be the principal instrument of the Government of Kenya in the implementation of all policies relating to the environment.
The Authority is a Semi Autonomous Government Agency (SAGA) in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and has been in operation since 1st July 2002. The Authority works closely with lead agencies and development partners, the latter who include UNEP, UNDP and DANIDA. Since its establishment NEMA has implemented three strategic plans and has been on performance contracting as required by the State Corporation (performance contracting) Regulations, 2004 legal notice No. 93. Under these regulations, Boards of Directors in state corporations, among others, are required to sign performance contracts with the Government, against which they are periodically evaluated.
We aim to be a world class environment management Authority.
Our mission is to ensure a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment in Kenya through supervision and coordination of all matters relating to the environment.
Our Environment, Our Life, Our Responsibility.
We will build the level and quality of performance that we aspire to achieve over the planning period on the following values.
OUR CORE VALUE
We will organize and maintain our work environment to allow productivity, and to ensure compliance with set performance standards; we will demonstrate willingness to undertake duties as assigned, and appropriately respond to changing work circumstances.? We will maintain appropriate confidentiality and respect the privacy of others.
We will collaborate with others to improve our performance, and maintain cooperative working relationships.? We will actively seek to resolve conflicts amicably, and overtly demonstrate a sense of shared responsibility for what we seek to achieve.? We will carry a positive can-do attitude, recognize and appreciate the strength and contributions of others, and provide leadership in matters that we are mandated, or otherwise best placed to.
We acknowledge the importance of a regulator like ourselves to execute their mandate, transparently, and with utmost respect for honesty and moral integrity.? Given the diversity of interests that sustainable use of the environment elicits, we will conduct our work diligently, conscientiously and with sincere commitment to common good.
As a regulator, we will apply ourselves dispassionately, and see to it that fair play and equity characterize our relationship with those we work with, and with the general public.
We want to be innovative. We want to create new ways of doing even the most ordinary things, in order that our contribution to sustainable management of the environment will remain relevant, progressive and in step with the changing demands we will continually be expected to respond to.
6.Courage of conviction
The challenges that protection and preservation of the environment frequently present call for zealous commitment to the cause. We will bravely, passionately and without fear promote and defend sustainable interaction with the environment and aim to advance our relationship with like-minded parties in the ultimate interest of ensuring trans-generational environmental sustainability.
The framework law was amended by the EMCA Amendment Act 2015