Nairobi River Cleanup project

About 50 years ago there were no illegal settlements in the suburbs of Nairobi city and now more than 120.000 settlements of slums had reached along the river. Illegal dump garbage sites arose on the river banks.

The minister of environment has joint hands with UN nations and made a plan for the longer term to restore the Nairobi riversides and the natural state of the water. As a large scale project approximately 4 billion shillings is invested. Local authorities have made several steps for improvement; Because of the environmental regulations 30 metres of land from the river has been cleaned where they had to resettle 127,000 people from the riverbanks within 30 metres to other sites. 3 temporary abandoned quarries have been made to dump the waste from the riverside from almost 10km stretch. Also measures against illegal dumps from local garages and other technical entrepreneurs have been made and hot lines are set up to report disturbances.

In our collection of video reports you can see such an immense local operation it takes to clear the dump out of this river. This was in the Peace River Clean-up Campaign with partners and locals of the community. If order of the garbage has sustain during time I will ask our reporters in Nairobi Kibera.