Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has announced a ban on single-use plastics in protected areas, effective June 5, 2020.

The ban encompasses national parks, forests, conservation areas and beaches, and comes two years after the country banned the use, manufacture and sale of environmentally harmful plastics, polythene bags, and packaging materials. This ban was initially challenged, but upheld by the courts.

The ban comes days after the National Environment Management Authority raised concerns over the possible return of the use of plastic bags.

Visitors to beaches or national parks will be banned from carrying water bottles, plastic plates, plastic cups, and plastic spoons and forks. Airlines, meanwhile, have been supporting the overall plastic ban by making announcements to passengers.

In 2017, Kenya joined 40 other countries in fighting ocean pollution, as part of interventions to slow down the consequences of an increasingly polluted planet, signing up to take part in a United Nations Environment @CleanSeas campaign that aims to counter the volume of plastic deposited in the oceans and endangering the sea life.