Enforcement of The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) environmental regulations has begun by the National Police Service (NPS).
This comes following a NEMA capacity development programme in which senior police officers in Nairobi County were made aware of the importance of upholding environmental regulations.
In Eastleigh, Nairobi County, two people have so far been charged with crimes for starting a building project without obtaining an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) licence.
Regular police officers also enforce laws against the use of polythene bags, trash in inappropriate locations, open rubbish burning, night-time construction, noise pollution, and illegal discharge into the environment.
Public members are reminded to abide by all environmental standards in order to avoid punishment as NEMA will continue to enforce them through NPS.
The NEMA’s guiding principles are: Environmental management must prioritise people and their needs and fairly serve their physical, psychological, developmental, cultural, and social interests; and Development must be socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable.