The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) partnered with the County Government of Nairobi and other stakeholders to host the World Environment day 2018.
World Environment day commemorated annually to encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. The partnership saw RCMRD staff participate in tree planting efforts at two schools in Kasarani and plant trees at Kikuyu Springs which provides 4,000 cubic meters of the water used in Nairobi.
The theme this year focused on ‘beating plastic pollution’ and organizations represented at the commemoration urged stakeholders to take stock of efforts and made to improve the environment.
The World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive action that takes place every 5th of June since it began in 1972. The global citizens have continued to organize many thousands of events to mark the day and to create awareness and educate the public on the importance of the Environment.
The event was preceded by buildup events on 30th May, 2018 which entailed tree planting sessions at Murema Primary School in Kasarani and John Njoroge Secondary School also in Kasarani. During the two events, Dorah Nesoba the Communications and Outreach said RCMRD had commenced use of eco-friendly carrier bags to replace plastic bags. The move reaffirmed RCMRD’s commitment in taking responsibility to manage environmental impact seriously.
There was also a brief discussion on plastic pollution and advice to the students, parents and communities in the Kasarani area on refusing plastics and effects of plastics on the environment.
RCMRD’s GIT Lead Ngugi Kimani addressed the topic of environmental conservation and said RCMRD supported environmental conservation through various projects and activities. He urged all present to be kind to the environment and avoid pollution especially plastic pollution and repeated the theme of the day, “Beat Plastic Pollution.” RCMRD had a good time interacting and educating the participants on the effects of plastics to the environment.
Several activities were organized across the counties. During the celebrations held in held at Kikuyu springs, this year’s edition of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards were launched. Mr. Mwenda Mithika, Secretary General of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) said the awards run from June 6 to October 2018 and the winner will be given Kshs. 1 million and sponsorship to report on various issues touching on the environment.
Other partners included the KIWASH/USAID programme who said they had partnered with the County for over two years and were out to incorporate the community’s efforts to sustain the trees planted at the springs. The Institution of Surveyors of Kenya said they were working towards mainiting the environment for future generations and supported efforts to restore Nairobi County to its former glory as the City in the Sun. The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) said they are looking to phase out all plastic bags even on bread and other plastic bag covers.
Nairobi receives its water from four sources. At desired capacity Sasumua dam supplies 52,800 cubic metres per day, Ruiru dam (22,800 cubic metres), Kikuyu springs (4,000 cubic metres) and Ndakaini dam (430,000 cubic metres).