September 22, 2010

UN environment agency backs action to regulate e-waste in Kenya

Filed under: Africa — Tags: , — inece @ 12:58 pm

A National E-waste Conference 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya,  was held on 7 Septemeber 2010 for stakeholders to brainstorm on the challenges of e-waste in Kenya. The workshop brought together the manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipments, consumers, international communities, and the e-waste experts to discuss the emerging challenges of e-waste and chart a way forward for sustainable management of e-waste in the country.

The Conference was organized by UNEP, NEMA, the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, and ICWE (an event management company).

According to a UN press release on the outcomes:

Kenya is set to become the first East African nation to regulate the management of electronic waste, also known as “e-waste”, following a conference run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

These regulations would minimize the impacts of the unsafe disposal of electronic products on public health and the environment, a goal that UNEP actively supports.

At present, Kenya has no specific laws relating directly to e-waste. But the Government-backed recommendations produced at yesterday’s meeting – which identified this issue as a national priority – could pave the way towards the first legislation in East Africa on e-waste management.

For the full press release, click here.

INECE previously organized a workshop in West Africa to develop policy and enforcement recommendations on e-waste. For more information, see http://www.inece.org/ewaste/.

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