MOMBASA STAKEHOLDERS FORUM HELD FROM 24TH TO 26TH FEBRUARY 2015

During the previous couple of meetings convened by National Environmental Complaints Committee(NECC) , it had been noted that many complaints elicited several issues which could ultimately be resolved through collaborative efforts by several lead agencies and stakeholders in Environmental Protection, Water and Natural Resources. Many such stakeholders had been struggling with environmental issues whose solutions lie with other agencies, but there is no existing nexus between the two.

In other cases, NECC noted that members of the public were oblivious and unelightened on matters pertaining their complaints and grievances in respect to them being addressed and as such their complaints would be shuffled from institution to another. . It was against this background that NECC proposed the idea to meet all the stakeholders in one comprehensive forum

The lead stakeholders invited were as follows:

  • Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  • NEMA
  • Kenya Forest Service
  • Kenya Wildlife Service
  • Kenya Forest Research Institute
  • EwasoNyiro South Development Authority
  • EwasoNyiroNorth Development Authority
  • Coast Development Authority
  • Kenya Water Towers Agency
  • Wildlife Clubs of Kenya
  • National Environment Tribunal
  • National Environment Trust Fund
  • Water Services Boards
  • Water Services Regulatory Board
  • Water Resources Management Authority
  • National Irrigation Board
  • Water Appeals Board
  • Water Services Trust Fund
  • National Water Conservation & Pipeline Corporation
  • Kenya Water Institute

The forum was organized by NECC for three days and it purposed to cover the themes that had a direct interaction as noted by NECC to be a major concern . They included;

  1. Air pollution caused by: Uncontrolled burning of garbage, Emission of noxious gases by factories, industries and motor vehicles, Emission of dust through constructions and quarrying activities
  2. Noise pollution caused by: Huge earth moving equipment during construction and quarrying activities, Loud music played in bars, nightclubs and discos  Loud forms of worship in residential areas
  3. Water pollution caused by: Discharge of untreated sewage into water masses, Discharges of industrial waste into water sources, Dumping of garbage into water sources, Construction on wetlands and riparian zones, Oil spillage into water masses, Washing of motor vehicles by lakes, rivers and the OceanConstruction without appropriate Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) licenses
  4. Non- compliance with EMCA: Constructions without change of user, Lack of environmental audits
  5. Other environmental degradation cases :Wanton destruction of forests especially indigenous forests, Sand harvesting leading to soil erosion and lowering of the water table, Quarrying and mining activities, Obstruction of rivers for irrigation for agricultural and associated activities without licenses, General lack of proper garbage handling facilities and sewerage systems in the rapidly developing urban centres countrywide, Other complaints that could not be properly classified in the above categories.

Further, all stakeholders were to make presentations depicting challenges and problems they face in their work and where NECC could offer its services in line with its mandate. The forum was to help identify possible areas where the institutions could collaborate for effective service delivery and cost-effective use of the available resources.