The Centre for Environment Justice and Development (CEJAD) is, since 2012, a registered public interest Non-Governmental Organization in Kenya. CEJAD works to promote sound management of chemicals and waste in order to protect the natural environment and wellbeing of the Kenyan people, especially vulnerable populations. CEJAD’s work covers five specific themes: 1). Mercury Pollution; 2). Use of Highly Hazardous Pesticides; 3). Lead in Paints Elimination 4). Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution and 5) and POPs Reduction[G1]
We do this by:
a) Advocating and lobbying for pro-sustainability policy and legal framework;
b) Educating and advising the public on available technologies and practices that improve human and environmental health in specific, and wellbeing in general;
c) Conducting and/or participating in research that generates knowledge for influencing sound policies and actions
CEJAD promotes interactive decision making processes which widens the scope for meaningful participation and closes the gap between decision makers, various relevant interest groups and the general public. CEJAD works with specific populations whose practices directly or indirectly affect and/or are affected by specific unsustainable production, consumption and waste management. In doing so, the Centre aims to create nodes through which these populations can network with relevant Civil Society Organizations, research institutions, private sector and government agencies to influence policy decisions and practices at county, national and extra-national levels.
CEJAD has successfully implemented a number of projects on hazardous chemicals and waste management namely;
· July 2018 – Feb 2019: “Pwani Safi” project, a capacity building for waste segregation and recycling program to address challenge of marine pollution, Mombasa, Kenya. The project was funded by Canada High Commission, through Canadian Funds for Local Initiatives (CFLI[G2] )
· September 2018: Waste Assessment and Brand Audit in Mombasa, Kenya, funded by Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives and Breakfreefromplastics Movement
· Global Mercury Hair Monitoring in Women of Child-Bearing Age in Migori County in Kenya in 2016, Supported by International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN)
· Study on Economic Impact of Mercury Exposure in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining in Kenya, supported by IPEN
· 2013: Community Monitoring on the of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) effects to Human Health and Environment in Naivasha, Kenya, funded by Global Greengrants Fund (GGF)
· 2016-2017: Elimination of Lead in Paints in the Kenyan Market Project, funded by IPEN
CEJAD is accredited as a non-governmental organization and Observer on global, regional and national environmental issues by the UN Environment (UNEP) and international networks including IPEN, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Breakfreefromplastics movement, World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry and the Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG).
· 2019 – 2020: Global Environment Facility – Small Grant Program (GEF SGP) funded project: Integrating value chain in sustainable solid waste management in Shimoni and Wasini Island, Kwale County, Kenya , July 2019 – August 2020
· 2017-2020: Towards phase out of mercury added projects (MAPs) in Kenya, Funded by Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) via European Environmental Bureau/Zero Mercury Working Group (EEB/ZMWG)
· 2016 – 2019: Promoting phase down of dental amalgam use and shift to mercury free alternatives in Kenya and pilot in Mombasa County, funded by World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry
Theme 1: Mercury Pollution
1. Global Mercury Hair Monitoring in Women of Child-Bearing Age in Migori County, Kenya in 2016
· CEJAD interviewed on K24 TV on the effects of mercury exposure to women in gold mining in Kenya following findings of a study conducted by CEJAD in partnership with IPEN on mercury in women of child bearing age in ASGM sites in Migori, Kenya. The study revealed that over half of the women sampled in Kenya measured over 1 ppm in the community which subsists from artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Read More
· CEJAD has continued to raise awareness on mercury pollution from ASGM in media in Kenya and has conducted interviews in China Global Television Network (CGTN) Africa, Aljazeera and Reuters (international media) and national print media, Standard Newspaper, The Star to raise awareness on adverse impacts of mercury pollution on human health and environment in mining communities in Kenya. Some of the media articles/TV features on the topic.