Goal: To enhance the capacity and resilience of urban slum dwellers in Kenya to mitigate  environment and climate change hazards 

Environment and climate change affect all aspects of human life, if well preserved; it has the potential to  transform lives of millions of populations around the world. If not well preserved, it can be very unforgiving  and punish an entire human generation as the late Prof. Wangari Maathai once observed. This is why  environment and climate change have informed the formulation of global development plans over centuries.  The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have identified a number of goals, which directly  inform environment and climate change interventions by governments and communities around the world.  These include:  

  • Goal 13 : Take Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change and Its Impacts.  
  • Goal 6 : Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
  •  Goal 11 : Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable 
  •  Goal 15 : Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably  manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity  loss  
  • Goal 17 : Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for  sustainable developments. 

The Constitution of Kenya (2010) obligates the government to ensure environmental sustainability under  Article 69. Achieving this requires a legal and policy framework that engages state and non-state actors in  environment and climate change mitigation. Communities living in urban slums in Kenya are more exposed  to the vagaries of environment and climate change injustices. This is why strong community eco-watch  groups play a fundamental role in building their capacities and resilience to mitigate environment and climate  change hazards while taking advantage of associated economic opportunities. Communities around Dandora  Municipal Dumpsite in Nairobi for example have been seriously affected by the activities undertaken at the  facility. At the same time, innovative interventions among a section of the stakeholders at the dumpsite such  as white charcoal makers have demonstrated that ‘Takaa ni dhahabu’ (waste is gold).  

Kutoka Network’s environment and climate change department therefore seeks to minimize the negative  effects of environmental degradation while empowering communities to get value from positive use of  environment and climate change opportunities: