WWF Kenya to Green the Oil and Gas Sector



Posted on 17 February 2014  | 
“Without prevention measures, an Exxon Valdez level event will occur. It's only a question of when. We will not be prepared. Many will die and they'll be talking about the environmental and economic damage fifty years from now.” Rear Admiral Gene Brooks, Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District (Alaska) “I worry about the direction that the politics of oil is taking among our people in the Arctic…The politics of the Arctic are no longer the politics of the people, but they are the politics of oil.” Alaskan Inuit leader Eben Hopson
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In the past 2 years, Kenya has discovered 3 large oil wells in Northern Kenya, which has led to intensified exploration and development of petroleum resource in the country. Kenya is looking forward to huge infrastructure and improved standards of living, however this comes with social and environmental risks.

WWF Kenya through its Oil for Development (OFD) project aims to ensure that environmental and social concerns are fully integrated in petroleum resources development. To achieve this, WWF is working with national and county governments, the private sector as well as the civil society (through the network dubbed the Kenya Oil and Gas Working Group www.kogwg.org).

WWF is working to promote global business standards and tools and influence policy in oil and gas. Through the OFD project, the organization aims to push for application of the precautionary principle in development of oil and gas as well as related infrastructure, especially those that lie on priority conservation areas while lobbying for the implementation of 100 percent renewable energy in Kenya by 2050.

So far, WWF and its partners has prepared biodiversity maps for Lamu County, trained the National Fossil Fuels Advisory Committee (NAFFAC), promoted a regional (Eastern Africa) civil society alliance, trained environmental journalists on oil and gas, conducted a survey of oil and gas stakeholders as well as a study on key policy gaps.


“Without prevention measures, an Exxon Valdez level event will occur. It's only a question of when. We will not be prepared. Many will die and they'll be talking about the environmental and economic damage fifty years from now.” Rear Admiral Gene Brooks, Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District (Alaska) “I worry about the direction that the politics of oil is taking among our people in the Arctic…The politics of the Arctic are no longer the politics of the people, but they are the politics of oil.” Alaskan Inuit leader Eben Hopson
© WWF / Staffan Widstrand/www.staffanwidstrand.se Enlarge

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