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  • Natural resources play an important role in sustaining people’s livelihoods as well as national economies the world over. Natural resources undoubtedly contribute to the economic, social, cultural and political development. There are diverse and plenty of natural resources in the African continentmaking,Africa potentially the richest continent in the world. However, the African nations, Kenya included, havenot fully benefitted from the natural resources found within their territories,but instead continue to wallow in abject povertyand natural resource based conflicts.There is no continent where the abundance and exploitation of natural resources has brought aboutas many problems as in Africa. Despite having massive resources, the paradox of plentyremains a big obstacle in economic development of Africa as a continent.Armed conflicts have often erupted in various African countries in the rush for exploitation of naturalresources. Poor economic development still manifests inmany African developing countries despite the immense resources and the immeasurable benefits that flow out of them. There is competition for the resources amongst communitiesand regions. Incidentally, foreigninvestors also seek to have a share of thiswealth. Both international environmental law and domestic environmental laws strive to promote best practices in natural resources management so as to maximize benefits to the communities while minimizing conflicts. The aim is to achieve efficacious management of natural resources while ensuring maximum environmental protection. This calls for examination and incorporation of the best international practices that are aimed at balancing between natural resource exploitation and environmental management. The book,Natural Resources and Environmental Justice in Kenya,authored by Dr. Kariuki Muigua, Ms.Didi Wamukoya and Mr. Francis Kariuki answers just that. The book contains such running themes as environmental justice, sustainable development,good resource governance,human rights, social conflict management andclimate change.It seeks to offer the reader a better understanding of the relationship between natural resourcesand each of the particular themes as highlighted.The book runs through seventeen chapters, with each chapter focusing on a unique component of natural resources, where the same has been exhaustively discussedand the potential challenges addressed

publication date

  • August 2015


  • Natural Resources, Environmental, Justice,Kenya

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 13

  • 978-9966-046-05-5

place of publication

  • Nairobi, Kenya