- 1st Community DialogueThe 1st dialogue, held at the KWS Mombasa Marine Park Headquarters was attended by members of the Jomo Kenyatta Public Community (Volunteer cleaners/ Tube renters/ Swim wear and Curio Traders/ Food vendors and Café owners/ Kenya Wildlife Service Beach management programme (BMP) members) and facilitated by Kenya Wildlife Service and CORDIO East Africa.
2nd Dialogue- Reducing Waste at the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach
- The dialogue offered an opportunity to introduce the lab to the community and initiate buy-in of initiatives / proposed solutions by various stakeholders to help reduce solid waste pollution at the Public Beach.
- Its main purpose was to anchor the lab’s foundation of initiating change on community members as agents of positive change.
- * Community members reviewed the solid waste context and the challenges leading to solid waste pollution.
- * Conducted participatory mapping of solid waste solid waste hotspot and entry points and areas.
- * Pledged to work with among each other as lab members to provide solutions to reducing solid waste pollution at the Public Beach and become local heroes of change.
- Immediate positive actions involved the shift and closure of an illegal waste transfer point and increase in the number of community members willing to volunteer in clean-up initiatives. The dialogue also marled the start of community advocacy against littering and indiscriminate dumping – actions that are still on-going.
- The outputs from the dialogue (challenges and recommendations) are captured in the 1st dialogue brief.
Awareness for change campaign
On 20th February 2019, CORDIO East Africa facilitated a stakeholder dialogue workshop to discuss issues of waste management around the famous Kenyatta public beach in Mombasa. The workshop was attended by 29 participants drawn from various sectors including county government of Mombasa, community-based organisations and the private sector.
Poor solid waste management has and continues to be a major problem that has negatively impacted the marine and social environment of public beaches around the world including Jomo Kenyatta public beach. Littering, indiscriminate dumping and inflow of waste into the ocean through the Mto Panga river mouth have affected the marine environment causing pollution (both marine and terrestrial) thus leading to reduced socio-economic gains, a situation that the SDG lab seeks to change for the better. Inadequate resources to motivate volunteers remains a major barrier to change. However, all hope is not lost with some members having persevered and are passionately involved in various aspects of solid waste management.
- The dialogue brief summarises the recommendations targeting all stakeholders (Governance and Conservation management; the Public and other stakeholders)
There is urgent need to tackle the plastic menace, lend voice to the global plastic revolution and action towards sustainable environmental protection. Gaps have been connected to solve issues preventing proper adoption of solid waste management best practices among the community members at the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach. Monitoring the change process, the lab notes change among community members. However, the greater public requires extensive sensitisation. Building momentum on the change process, local community heroes involved in reducing solid waste pollution through various efforts are being empowered to conduct an advocacy campaign against littering and indiscriminate dumping; calling on the everyone to embrace change and protect the environment.