NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK ON A MISSION TO CLEAR PLASTIC WASTES

Nairobi national park on a mission to rid out plastic wastes from the park. PHOTO /GOR OGUTU

 3Es Exeperience waste free park campaign highlights Easter at Nairobi National Park

 

By Gor Ogutu

 

Visitors coming into Nairobi National Park during Easter weekend

were issued with environmentally-friendly litter bags in a bid to

mop up plastics at the world famous animal sanctuary, thanks to a

waste free parks initiative led by 3EsExperience Organisation.

Visitors to the park used the biodegradable bags issued to collect

their litter — mainly water, food and snacks packaging used while

inside the park– and disposed of it in litter bins and recycle stations

at the entrance, or with some carrying them home to dispose of

responsibly.

Through this, non-biodegradable plastic waste that are threat to the

park ecosystem are discarded from the park.

3Es Experience in collaboration with Apex Steel Ltd, Kenya Wildlife

Service and YouTube channel: Where is Vivienne? held the three-

day Waste Free Park Initiative at the Nairobi National Park this

Easter weekend from Friday 1st April through to Sunday 4th April.

The   Waste Free Park initiative is aimed at environmental

conservation and wildlife protection of the Nairobi National Park

ecosystem.

“The litter bags help to improve the cleanliness of the park’s

environments especially ensuring no littering of non-biodegradable

waste within park. Through strategic partnerships and

collaborations we intend to scale up the initiative to other parks

such as Tsavo,Lake Nakuru, Amboseli and Maasai Mara,” said Miss

Vivienne Kemboi, the Director of 3Es Experience Organisation.

 

Environmental pollution through use of non-disposable waste is a

global menace. Stakeholders at continental stage have developed

practical solutions and policies to mitigate the diverse effects on

terrestrial ecosystem.

 

In Kenya the government banned the Single Use Plastic in a move to

conserve the environment. However, enforcement of the policy in

the public spaces is still a giant challenge. On our end, we support

the implementation process by providing solutions and alternatives

to compliment the government efforts hence, the Waste Free Park

Initiative.

 

“In order to reach all the 36 national parks and reserves, we are

calling for other like-minded partners to join this noble initiative to

make this planet better. This will not  only keep our environment

safe for survival, but boost the capacity and capability of our parks

as source foreign income,” said Miss Kemboi.

 

Impact of the Waste Free Park Initiative at the Nairobi National Park- Easter weekend

 

The Waste Free Park Initiative during the 3 days of the Easter

weekend had significant impact.  Over 231 man hours were  put  the

ground by the team in distribution the litter bags, collection of

feedback and sensitization of the general public on matters related

to Environmental Conservation and Wildlife Protection. The team

has worked for 13 weekends where some would be on the ground

from as early as 6.00 a.m.  to  5.00pm.

The litter bags were been distributed to over 2,000 tourist vehicles

both private and tour vehicles. Over 12000 visitors and the general

public have been sensitized on matters related to Environmental

Conservation and Wildlife protection.

 

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