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Obligations in respect of the environment
Chapter Five - Land and Environment
Article 69. Obligations in respect of the environment

(1) The State shall--
    (a)   ensure sustainable exploitation, utilisation, management and conservation of the environment and natural resources, and ensure the equitable sharing of the accruing benefits;
    (b)   work to achieve and maintain a tree cover of at least ten per cent of the land area of Kenya;
    (c)   protect and enhance intellectual property in, and indigenous knowledge of, biodiversity and the genetic resources of the communities;
    (d)   encourage public participation in the management, protection and conservation of the environment;
    (e)   protect genetic resources and biological diversity;
    (f)   establish systems of environmental impact assessment, environmental audit and monitoring of the environment;
    (g)   eliminate processes and activities that are likely to endanger the environment; and
    (h)   utilise the environment and natural resources for the benefit of the people of Kenya.
(2) Every person has a duty to cooperate with State organs and other persons to protect and conserve the environment and ensure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources.


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