Non-formal Environmental Education and Awareness: Case study of NEMA, Kenya

Written by
Dr Ayub Macharia

Non formal Environmental education at NEMA
The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) was established by the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (1999) “to exercise general supervision and coordination over all matters relating to the environment and to be the principal instrument of government in the implementation of all policies relating to the environment” as provided for under section 9. The Authority has spearheaded development of several regulations, standards and guidelines in consultation with diverse Lead Agencies to operationalise the Act.
NEMA has several departments one of which is Environmental Education, Information and Public Participation. We undertake several activities guided by our quality objectives which include
1. To facilitate Environmental Education and Awareness
2. To mobilize the public to participate in environmental conservation and management
3. To establish national and regional information resource centers
4. To promote best environmental practices
NEMAs approaches to Environmental Education and awareness include the following
1. Education for Sustainable Development
2. Regional centres of expertise (RCEs)
3. Capacity building/training
4. Targeted consultative meetings
5. Recognition and promotion of environmental best practices
6. Development of awareness materials
7. Exhibitions e.g. ASK shows, etc
8. Special Environment Days e.g. WED, WWD, WDCD
9. Environmental information centres
10. E-learning
11. Environmental Change Projects
Each of these approaches is discussed in greater detail on the link alongside each procedure. Read more from each link.

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