Kenya is a country on the east coast of Africa, and it is the cradle of nature conservation, but in addition to well-known national parks and wildlife, it also hosts a number of sites polluted by waste and toxic substances. One of the most famous such places is the Dandora dumpsite in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. And this is where the cooperation between Arnika and Kenyan NGOs began, when in 2004 a sample of hen's eggs was taken and sent to Czech laboratories for analysis for toxic substances. The Kenyan government thus obtained the first specific data on dioxins in Kenya.
Since then, Arnika has coordinated several projects in which, together with Kenyan partners, we have mapped toxic substances such as dioxins, brominated flame retardants and mercury not only in sources of pollution, but also in cosmetic creams.
Most of the projects were made possible by the international network of civil society organizations IPEN and, in recent years also, by the support of the Swedish government.