I am inviting you to stand up for Nairobi Park through an action that will prevent a dangerous precedent from taking root in Kenya that threatens all our protected areas.
Please read the letter below and if you agree with it – send it by post or by email to the Director General of NEMA. We are asking him to stop the Southern Bypass from encroaching on Nairobi National Park. We are taking this case to the National Environmental Tribunal and we need your support to show the authorities that we will not allow the government of Kenya to break environmental laws in the name of development. Unless we take a stand, our invaluable natural national and global heritage will be at risk. By stopping this project we can apply arguments to prevent breaches in environmental laws affecting Nakuru National Park, Amboseli National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Samburu Reserve and in the Lamu archipelago. Likethe southern bypass all of these projects are considered “flagship” Vision 2030 projects. All of them threaten Keny’as unique wildlife heritage which is the foundation for tourism which is one of the most vital economic drivers of the country.
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for the Southern Bypass Action Committee (The SBAC East African Wildlife Society, Youth For Conservation, Narirobi Greenline Project, FoNNaP, African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) and many other individuals
STOP THE SOUTHERN BYPASS FROM ENCROACHING ON NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
Nairobi National park is the Worlds Greatest City Park being the only park in a capital city with wild megafauna like lions, rhino, buffalo giraffe and many other species. This park is invaluable for the people of Nairobi Kenya and the world. The Southern Bypass road threatens this park. While I have no objection to the development of badly needed infrastructure in Nairobi and Kenya as a whole, with respect to the Southern Bypass , I have information that the proposed and designed Bypass encroaches into the Nairobi National Park in contravention to the environmental license issued by your office.
I have looked at the license granted by NEMA and more particularly paragraph
2.2 and 2.3 which state as follows:-
2.2 The Proponent shall not encroach on gazetted Parks (Nairobi National Park).
2.3 The Proponent shall ensure that the sections of the road along the Nairobi National Park, Ngong and Dagoretti natural forests should be implemented in close consultations and agreement with Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, and other relevant authorities.
By encroaching into the Nairobi National Park, the proponents of this project have breached part of the conditions of the license.
I object to this breach of the terms and conditions of the license as aforesaid, and believe that practical alternatives have been proposed to keep the Southern Bypass out of the park.
This letter is to ask that you take necessary measures to ensure that the construction of the Southern Bypass is compliant with Kenyan laws and does not encroach into the Nairobi Park.