On 16th July 2021, KEPSA Foundation, through Sustainable Inclusive Business participated in a public debate that discussed plastic waste management in the coastal area with the ambition to complete a roadmap for a clean future in Kenya. The event was held at Alliance Francaise in Mombasa on the backdrop of the week-long activities to celebrate Blue Economy Week.
While tackling a topic on Re-imagining Waste Management for A Circular Economy, the Admin and Events Officer at Sustainable Inclusive Business, Ms. Pracksidis Wandera said that “We only have one planet, and we must make it our responsibility to take care of it, by adopting sustainable waste management processes and a circular economy based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use and regenerating natural resources.”
“Through the Creating Opportunity and Alleviating Poverty Through Sustainable Trade Project, communities are empowered to develop business models that create value out of waste. By adopting separation of waste at source, waste is no longer considered as such but as a resource that can be given a new life through re-use, refurbishing, remanufacturing and recycling,” she added.
The event aims to strengthen regional blue-economy synergies, promote the responsible, sustainable management of coastal and oceanic businesses, and boost conservation measures for biodiversity and marine and coastal habitats.
Ms. Wandera was joined by Ms. Mwajumbe Nassoro – Brain Youth Group, Mr. Andrew Soi- Head of Conservancy (Coast Region), Ms. Diana Kishiki – Mangrove Officer at Kenya Forest Service (K.F.S), Mrs. Priyanka Patel – Program Officer – Innovation, Red-Cross, Mr. Emmanuel Nzai – C.E.O at Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani, Dr. Innocent Ngao – Director of COMRED and Mrs. Lisa Kibutu – Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani as the Moderator of the session.