Public Meetings For The Strategic Environmental Assessment For NIUPLAN

Nairobi Residents Participate In The Master Plan Process For Nairobi County
THE Nairobi City County has embarked in preparation of an integrated master plan for the City County. The master plan dubbed NIUPLAN is to be aligned to Kenya’s Vision 2030.

Public MeetingPreparation of the master plan is one of the roles of the County Governments as prescribed by the County Government Act. 

This September, the residents of the City were given a chance to participate in the development of the Environmental and Social Management Plan for the NIUPLAN by participating in the first round of Public Meetings for the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for NIUPLAN. 

SEA is a requirement of the Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act for plans of this magnitude. 

The Scoping Stage of the SEA includes Limited Stakeholder participation. One of the Platforms used was public meetings for Nairobi Residents.

Two public meetings were held at each of the nine sub-counties in the City County. Nairobi County has nine sub-counties namely Starehe, Kamukunji, Makadara, Langata, Westlands, Kasarani, Embakasi, Dagoretti and Njiru.

Participants included residents, representatives of various interest groups including NGOs with mandates in youth, women and children’s issues. Other Vulnerable groups that were represented include residents of informal settlements as well as persons with disabilities.

Residents raised various issues that they believe the SEA and the NIUPLAN should focus on. These issues include establishment of public infrastructure such as roads, water and sanitation facilities as well as recreation facilities.

Discussions were held on challenges facing the City with the residents getting a chance to get responses directly from officials of the City County Planning Department.

Did you know……..

  •   Nairobi started as a railway depot for the colonial government to grow into an important business and cultural hub in the sub-Saharan region.
  • The Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN) seeks to integrate existing and proposed master plans to promote co-ordination among the various stakeholders with mandates in development of various infrastructure within the City.
  •  The SEA process for NIUPLAN is on-going. The next phase will provide platforms for future public participation which will include 54 public meetings, three stakeholder workshops and a civic education program
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