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CS Environment & Forestry Keriako Tobiko (L ) with NEMA DG Mamo B. Mamo, EBS at the Oceans Conference in Lisbon, Portugal

NEMA Director-General, Mamo B Mamo represented Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo at a side event during the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The event themed “Depolluting Oceans through Controlling Trade in Plastic wastes and combating illegal traffic under the Basel Convention was aimed at having discourse on how countries are implementing the Basel Convention guidelines on trade and trans- boundary procedures in their policies and strategies. The DG mentioned that like other countries, Kenya experiences heavy traffic regarding vessels and goods being transported, some of which are made of plastics or packaged using plastic. He said the huge manufacturing and import of plastics means that oceans are very prone to pollution due to dumping on
the high seas.
In order to combat the illegal trade in plastic wastes, the DG mentioned that the Government is enhancing coordinated implementation and enforcement of the multi- environmental agreements that are relevant
to monitoring and controlling of transboundary
movements of hazardous chemical wastes including
their sound management.
“We welcome the decisions adopted during COP15 of Basel that seek to ensure that trans-border shipments of all types of waste, whether hazardous or not, will be subject to prior notification and consent rules”, concluded Mr. Mamo.

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