Sound Chemicals Management Mainstreaming and UPOPs reduction in Kenya

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From July 21, 2016 to July 21, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 12.5 Reduce waste generation through reduction, recycling, reuse
  2. 12.4 Achieve environmentally sound chemical, waste management
  3. 6.2 Achieve universal access to adequate sanitation, hygiene

Project ID: 5361

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Technical team

  • Chemicals and Waste Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Waste management
  • Persistent organic pollutants


  • Hazardous_chemical_waste
  • Unintentional POPs (e.g. furans, dioxins)


  • Human altered areas


  • Industrial site
  • Urban areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Materials and manufacturing

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Policy advice


  • Law regulation
  • Management operation
  • Capacity building


  • Pollution control
  • Waste management
  • Technical capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Waste pickers
  • Women

Gender equality

  • Awareness raising (on gender)

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 12.5 Reduce waste generation through reduction, recycling, reuse
  • 12.4 Achieve environmentally sound chemical, waste management
  • 6.2 Achieve universal access to adequate sanitation, hygiene

Conventions and protocols

  • Stockholm Convention (POPs)

Private sector(s)

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs

Hot topic

  • Health
  • Cov-19
  • Green recovery

About this project


The project intends to protect human health and the environment by managing the risks posed by production, use, import and export of chemicals and reducing / preventing the release of U-POPs and toxic compounds originating from the unsafe management of waste in two key sectors: Health Care Waste and Municipal Waste. These sectors are among the highest priorities identified in the reviewed and updated NIP. On the Health Care Waste Management side, the project will adopt an integrated approach aimed at increasing the proper management of waste within the hospital facilities (increasing segregation, reducing waste generation) and by replacing the dangerous disposal waste modalities currently adopted (open burning or burning in single chamber incinerators) by SC-compliant equipment. Training will be delivered both at Health Care Facility level and in classroom training events, and will be based on the WHO blue book guidance tailored to the country needs. On the municipal waste side, the project intends to reinforce the 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) economy on two specific waste streams, by enhancing their upstream collection, ensuring the quality of recovered material, and securing access to national market by promoting cooperation with domestic industries. This is for providing a valid alternative to the dumpsite economy, and preventing the release in the environment of U-POPs and toxic substance upon open burning of these waste streams. The project also includes a component related to the sound management of chemicals, by implementing activities on U-POPs monitoring, upgrading of the relevant regulation on chemicals, and establishing a PRTR database.


Reduction of the releases of U-POPs and other substances of concern and of the related health risk through the implementation of ESM of municipal and healthcare waste and of an integrated institutional and regulatory framework covering management and reporting of POPs.

USD $4,665,000

Grant amount

USD $21,008,803

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($4,665,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Kenya

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