Waste management has been important since time immemorial. With the unprecedented increase in population worldwide, especially in Sub Saharan Africa, waste management has been vital for good health, good environment and aesthetics of its towns and cities. Unmanaged waste has negative environmental consequences in terms of methane emissions hence contributing to the global climate change challenge. The waste sector was the third largest contributor to global emissions of non-carbon dioxide Greenhouse gases (GHGs) in 2005, accounting for 13 per cent of total emissions.

UNDP amongst other development partners, is collaborating with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEF) in supporting implementation of the Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Under its NDC, Kenya stated an overall goal to achieve a low carbon, climate resilient development pathway through the implementation of sectoral National Climate Change Action Plans, which includes sustainable waste management systems.

The workshop was attended by twenty three (23) participants with representation from Ministry of Environment and Forestry including the Climate Change Directorate (CCD), The National Treasury, County Government representatives (Mombasa, Nakuru and Nairobi counties), National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), UNDP, Low Emissions And Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) Project, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kenya Association for Residential Alliances (KARA), and the Kenya Association of Solid Waste Recyclers.