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:
- Mercury Pollution
- Use of Highly Hazardous Pesticides
- Lead in Paints Elimination
- Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution
- POPs Reduction
We do this by:
- Advocating and lobbying for pro-sustainability policy and legal framework;
- Educating and advising the public on available technologies and practices that improve human and environmental health in specific, and wellbeing in general.
- 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 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).
Promoting sound chemicals management and sustainable use of natural resources, by applying the principles of justice
We believe that sustainable development is a possibility and that adaptive innovation and creativity is necessary in realising solutions for development and environmental challenges facing communities in Kenya. We value our relationship with our target communities and partners. We integrate honesty, transparency, accountability and ethics in our governance, service delivery and partnerships.
We use strategies that support our theory of change of interactive governance such as:
- Right-based approaches to identifying and solving environmental and livelihoods problems
- Participatory research
- Awareness and education
- Influencing collective action by grassroots
- Building and supporting networks
- Identifying and promoting practical innovative alternatives