Two years ago Kenya banned the use, manufacture and sale of environmentally harmful single-use plastic carrier bags. This year during the commemoration of the World Environment Day, President Uhuru Kenyatta banned the use of single-use plastics in protected areas which covers national parks, forests, and beaches.

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When Cyclone Idai barrelled over the Mozambican port of Beira on the east coast of Africa in March this year, mop-up crews estimated that the record-breaking storm had razed 90% of the city’s infrastructure. Disaster relief teams had barely finished their clean-up when they had to use the patched-up airstrip to launch disaster relief efforts further north as an even stronger storm – Cyclone Kenneth – made landfall in Cabo Delgado province, where winds of 225km/h flattened and partly damaged 80% of homes in the Macomia district, according to Unicef.

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The latest results of the International Panel on the Oceans are much more alarming than those of August 2019. The report published from Monaco on September 25, 2019, indicates that pollution is degrading the seas and oceans more strongly and more rapidly than expected. Acidification of waters will have several consequences for Africa, including a 40% decline in its fish stock.

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Biodiversity loss, water crises, alien invasive plants and climate change remain the top concerns of the World Economic Forum. It is more urgent now than ever before to find tried and tested mechanisms that are key for mitigation, adaptation and a resilient future.

In this regard, more than 850 delegates from 80 countries will land in Cape Town on September 22 to attend the International Ecological Restoration Conference.

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Kenyans will be among millions of people in over 150 countries who will Saturday stand up against global waste pollution by cleaning up cities, towns, community neighbourhoods, estates, parks, rivers, forests, and beaches to mark the World Clean-up day.

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