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UNEP calls for policy, funding to save coral reefs

Coral reefs. Great barrier reef.

The ocean is facing a perfect storm of pollution, overfishing, and climate change. These threats have pushed ecosystems such as coral reefs to the tipping point of collapse. UNEP is inspiring nations and individuals to take action. In Kenya, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute is leading in restoring degraded coral. …

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Kenya using low technology to restore coral reefs

Healthy coral reefs in Kenya

Unprecedented increase in sea-surface temperature in 1998 destroyed Kenya’s coral reefs. This reduced Kenya’s coral cover by 50-90 per cent with some sites losing all coral cover. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute is working on a community based reef restoration project. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute is helping protect …

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State to give water firms chemicals worth Sh200m

Kenya government, JICA donate water treatment chemicals to water services firms.

Water services firms are under financial pressure since March when revenues started falling following closure of businesses and education institutions because of Covid-19. In addition, the government ordered water firms not to cut water supply to customers for unpaid bills. As a result, firms are finding it difficult to pay …

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Water regulator requests more money from government

Kenya handwashing. Water sector trust fund. Water Services Regulatory Board.

Water sector has a financing gap of Sh2.2 trillion. The sector is unable to generate enough money internally to extend coverage and improve service quality. Kenya’s National Water Master Plan 2030 estimates investment of Sh1.2 trillion to finance water and Sh477 billion for sanitation. But the government is able to …

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Covid-19: Government bans sanitising booths

Sanitising booths near Likoni Ferry at Kilindini Harbour.

Sanitising booth was for quickly disinfecting people in places with high flow of people such as supermarkets and hospitals. This power led Kenya Bureau of Standards’ to give rules on how make and run them. Now, Kebs has stopped approving the booths. Health ministry says it does not recommend the …

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Nyeri Water: “We read meters every month”

Nyeri Water Chief Executive Officer Peter Gichaaga

Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company has been the overall best performing water company for eight years in a row. This was until 2017/2018 when the company tied in top position with Ruiru-Juja Water and Sewerage Company. Mr Peter Gichaaga, managing director, Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company, tells us about the …

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