Reducing Un-intenioanl POPs (dioxins and furans) produced by the informal economy in Mombasa.
Reducing Un-intenioanl POPs (dioxins and furans) produced by the informal economy in Mombasa.
This project concentrates on the unintentionally produced dioxins and furans through open burning of materials containing industrial chemicals especially organochlorines. Like in the major towns of Kenya, Mombasa is facing severe threats of open burning of wastes. Burning mainly takes place at the major waste dumping sites and municipal waste collection points. These have been known as traditional sources of dioxins and furans. However, with the increase in unemployment, extraction of raw materials from waste materials in the informal sector through open burning is fast becoming a significant contributor to dioxins and furans. Such waste materials include vehicle tyres and electronic wastes. In Kibarani in Mombasa, open burning of tyres in the night releases significant amount of dioxins and furans and greenhouse gases. In numerous points, uncontrolled open burning of insulated wires and electronic wastes has reached a worrying threshold. Such points have been cited at Ganjoni, Kisauni, Likoni, Changamwe and many other areas. Many of the operations take place in the night and in the residential areas due to fear of reprimand by the municipal officials.

This project focuses on two main items of the Stockholm convention and the NIP- public awareness and education and capacity building for the elimination/reduction of dioxins and furans. Although there is a great need for awareness creation and education on dioxins and furans to the general public and the mainstream environmental institutions, the project will focus on the informal sector. The project recognizes the rationale of sensitizing the artisans in the informal sector of the existence of dioxins and furans with their work. However, certain actions under public awareness like the bi-monthly forums will also include the rest of the public. Skill building will now turn the information accumulated into the practicality of eliminating or reducing the production of dioxins and furans.

Training will focus on BATs and BEPs emphasizing on the use of alternatives and substitutions- this is called in this proposal eco-entrepreneurship. Article 14 of the Overarching Policy Strategy (OPS) of Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management (SAICM) describes BEPs and BATs as avenues to substitution and alternatives of toxic chemicals which includes the POPs. This project thus shall through development of demonstrable alternatives such as mechanical removal of wires from the insulators, electronics equipments take-back, use of tyres for flower pots, vegetable gardens, open shoes and other art works.
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Project Snapshot

Eco-Ethics Kenya
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 37,800.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 23,818.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
The key members of the community to participate in this project are the local jua kali artisans of the informal sector
Capacity - Building Component
The local jua kali artisans will receive training that will enable them to adopt Best Environmental Practices (BEPs) and Best Available Technologies (BATs) as alternatives that will reduce the production of unintentiaonal POPs (U-POPs).
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Grantee Contact

Mr Bernards Okeyo
Phone: 254 041-2312976


P.O. Box 1462
MOMBASA , 80100

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Nancy Chege
(254-20) 7624473
(254-20) 621076
Ms. Salome Nyakundi


UNDP, P.O. Box 30218
Nairobi, 00100