EAWLS working on key advocacy issues:
a) SGR Phase 2 A
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the second phase of the contentious Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Phase 2A to run from Nairobi to Naivasha on October 19th.
The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) position has been that we are not against development but the due process of the law must be followed. The Environment Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) stipulates that it is an offense to commission any project specified in the second schedule of the ACT without an EIA license from National Environment Management Authority - Kenya (NEMA).
The EIA process has now been undertaken for this SGR Phase 2A and NEMA published a call for public comment to the ESIA study report on 27th October. EAWLS will undertake a technical review of the study report and submit its comments before the lapse of the 30 days period as provided for by the EIA/EA regulations 2003.
You can download the EIA report from the EAWLS website.
b) Proposed Lamu Coal Power Plant
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in September 2016 approved the development of the Lamu Coal-Powered Plant despite dissenting submissions voiced by East African Wild Life Society, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and members of the public.
EAWLS requests stakeholders in conservation and the general public to rally behind this call to make NEMA revoke the EIA license and ensurethat all public comments have been taken into consideration as we, and other like-minded organizations, explore the possibility of appealing NEMA’s decision at the National Environment Tribunal (NET) as provided for under section 129 (2) of EMCA to ensure that environmental justice is granted.
c) Proposed Grand High Falls Dam in Tharaka Nithi
The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) conducted a technical review of the EIA study report for the proposed High Grand Falls Multipurpose Dam along the River Tana in Tharaka-Nithi County. And subsequently submitted the comments to National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for considerations.