National Environment Management
The Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)in partnership with GESCI and a number of other organisations have officially launched the Guidelines for e-Waste Management in Kenya
The guidelines are a precursor to the development of a National Policy on e-Waste Management for Kenya which will be developed going forward. The development of these guidelines is one of the activities in the e-learning strategy for the environment sector. The e-learning strategy was developed in 2009 and adopted in April 2010.
The guidelines have been developed with the strategic objective of providing a framework for the development of regulations and policies in Kenya.
Specific objectives of the guidelines include:
• To enhance environmental protection from e-waste.
• To establish a basis for a policy and regulatory frameworks on e-waste management.
• To raise public awareness on sustainable management of e-waste in Kenya.
Included in the guidelines are approaches to enhance environmental protection; policy and regulatory frameworks; environmental awareness; categories of e-waste and target groups; ewaste treatment technologies; and disposal procedures.
We have been closely collaborating with the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for several months on the development of e-waste guidelines. Draft guidelines were presented at a one day stakeholder workshop on e-waste in Nairobi on September 7, 2010 at the United Nations Offices. The theme of the workshop was “Responsible disposal and management of Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment for a cleaner environment and posterity”, and the overall objective was to promote multi-stakeholder partnerships between manufacturers, consumers and public and private sector institutions to encourage responsible management of e-waste for a cleaner and healthier environment in Kenya. The workshop attracted participants from Kenya, South Africa and Ireland and the programme introduced topics such as benefits and challenges in e-waste management, private sector e-waste perspective, and challenges of e-waste for the recycling industry in Kenya.