17 May '11, 5pm

Kenya enshrines environmental rights in new constitution #goodnews

Kenya enshrines environmental rights in new constitution Constitutional reform grants Kenyans the “right to a clean and healthy environment” Environmental rights have been explicitly recognised as part of the constitutional relationship between Kenya’s Government and its people for the first time. Adopted last year following a referendum, the new constitution grants every person “the right to a clean and healthy environment, which includes the right to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations through legislative and other measures”. Local lawyers have welcomed the step. Maurice Makoloo, Director of the Institute for Law and Environmental Governance, Nairobi, says that the new legal provisions would have a “profound effect” on prospects for environmental litigation. Specifically, says Makoloo, they will alleviate procedural barriers t...

Full article: http://www.forumforthefuture.org/greenfutures/articles/Ke...

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