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Environmental Alert (EA) in collaboration with National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) and Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF); and in partnership with Advocates Coalition on Environment and Development (ACODE), and Nature Uganda, is implementing a project dubbed “Strengthening Institutional Capacity for effective Implementation of Rio Conventions in Uganda”.

The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, commonly known as Rio Declaration, was promulgated at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which was later referred to as the Earth Summit.

The World leaders committed in the conference to 27 principles intended to guide countries for future sustainable development. Thus, the declaration was signed by over 170 countries, including Uganda.

The Rio Conventions entail three Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) on three critical components of environment and these Conventions include:

  1. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
  2. United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); and
  3. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

The three Rio-Conventions have been designed for action, monitoring and reporting as individually separate multilateral environmental agreements. This is not withstanding the reality that their outcomes and impact affect a common denominator; human, social and economic livelihoods with the sustainable management and use of the earth planet resources.

Uganda as a signatory is obliged to regularly and timely report to the respective Convention’s Secretariat, on the actions undertaken or projects implemented and the progress made towards the realization of set targets as well as challenges and the emerging issues therein.

As part of the efforts to mainstream the implementation of these commitments in respect to Uganda as a UN committed member; NEMA on behalf of Government of Uganda received financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

As a result, Environmental Alert received funding from NEMA as a project lead on behalf of the CSO partners to roll out the Rio conventions implementation in the pilot districts of   Buikwe, Jinja, Kayunga, Mukono and Wakiso.

Subsequently, an inception workshop was organized to introduce the Rio Convention Awareness Project to the selected District stakeholders and CSOs with mandates on environment and climate change related program. The inception provided the overall basic understanding of the project but also built the stakeholders commitments and support in rolling out the project across the 5 pilot Districts.

The same space was also used to generate and benchmark the status of Rio conventions implementation among the districts in respect to progress, challenges and opportunities. Thus, several challenges were identified. These include; inadequate coordination among stakeholders in natural resources management, inadequate funding, understaffing, inadequate enforcement of environmental laws and others were capacity related.

The awareness workshop will help to address the cross cutting issues among the 5 districts, but will also seek to build human resource capacity at the district to improve response to natural resource conservation and climate change through durable solution and actions within the overall framework of Rio conventions.

Similarly, the workshop will be used as an avenue or space to identify strategic challenge or issues which require policy attention for dialogue with the line government ministries or department in order to ensure that there is a holistic approach and commitment in addressing matters of environment, desertification and climate change in Uganda amongst others.

It’s within this context that Environmental Alert is organizing Awareness Workshop on the three Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in respect to   Rio Conventions, in order to build the capacity of District stakeholders on selected key issues/ challenges for implementation and integration into District Development plans and policies.

To create awareness and build the capacity of district stakeholders in achieving the aspirations of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and other government commitments in respect to projects and policy implementation.

The activity is scheduled for Friday 8th/11/2019.

Environmental Alert in partnership with WWF-UCO with financial support from NORAD are Implementing a project tiled “Increasing access to sustainable and renewable energy alternatives in the Albertine Graben to conserve high value forest ecosystems to benefit people and nature in Uganda“. The project is all about strengthening the capacity of civil society organisations and networks to advocate and drive change towards sustainable and renewable energy access.

One of the projects is ‘WWF and project CSOs have provided policy recommendations to government on revision of energy policies.’

In order to achieve that, Enironmental Alert undertook the review of zero draft  Energy policy. The overall purpose was to check whether the draft policy clearly identified and discussed all the key issues in the sector and whether the suggested strategies are effective.

Specifically, the review aimed at:

  1. Identifying the gaps in the draft energy policy;
  2. Proposing suggestions and recommendations for consideration by Ministry of energy and mineral Development in the revised draft Energy policy.

These were synthesized and compiled into a draft CSO position paper to be submitted to Ministry of energy and mineral Development for consideration in the revised policy.

In order to disseminate the findings, EA has organized a validation meeting involving members of the Renewable Energy CSO Network to review the draft CSO position on the Energy policy for submission to MEMD.

The validation meeting is aimed at increasing CSOs participation in the review so as to generate more feasible recommendations with a unified mind and understanding.

The objective of the meeting is for the Renewable energy CSO Network members to validate, agree and prioritize the issues and recommendations before submission to the MEMD for consideration into the ongoing policy review process.

The activity is scheduled for 1st November, 2019 at a venue yet to be identified.

EA in partnership with Water Aid is implementing project on Water Sanitation and Hygiene project titled Sustainable WASH (SusWASH) project. This project also supports KCCA directorates for Health, Education and Strategic Planning to include elements that strengthen the sustainability of WASH services within their current plans.

This project focuses on two main areas:

  1. Strengthening of School WASH structures including SMCs to support sustainability and ensure that WASH services are inclusive especially for women and girls;
  2. Capacities strengthening of school WASH structures through tailor-made trainings on sustainability of service provision. At the community level, through mobilising community members and local leaders to spearhead the scale-up of improved sanitation facilities through targeted behavior change campaigns and dialogues.

 On 5th, August, 2019, EA conducted a joint reflection meeting with school WASH clubs to understand their leadership dynamics and bottlenecks for effective performance in each school. The schools include Kansanga seed secondary, Mirembe primary school, Nateete Muslim high school, Railway children primary school and Uganda school for the deaf.

From the reflection meeting, it was discovered that all schools had just established school health clubs which were inactive i.e. clubs no clear leadership structures, no rules and regulations (constitution) and other did not have clear roles and responsibilities (Kansanga seed secondary).

It is against this background that Environmental Alert is organizing a joint follow-up meeting with the school WASH clubs’ leadership to offer them the training that addresses the emerging issues on active leadership in respect to roles and responsibilities, developing and implementing rules and regulations (constitution) and other necessary administration guidelines.

The objective of the training is to equip the school health clubs’ leadership with knowledge and skills necessary for effective performance.

The activity is planned to take place on 31st October, 2019 at yet to be identified venue.  

Environmental Alert (EA) in collaboration with National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) and Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF); and in partnership with Advocates Coalition on Environment and Development (ACODE), and Nature Uganda, is implementing a project dubbed “Strengthening Institutional Capacity for effective Implementation of Rio Conventions in Uganda”.

The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, commonly known as Rio Declaration, was promulgated at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which was later referred to as the Earth Summit.

The World leaders committed in the conference to 27 principles intended to guide countries for future sustainable development. Thus, the declaration was signed by over 170 countries, including Uganda.

The declaration was named after Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian city where it was made.

The Rio Conventions entail three Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) on three critical components of environment and these Conventions include:

  1. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
  2. United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); and
  3. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

The three Rio-Conventions have been designed for action, monitoring and reporting as individually separate multilateral environmental agreements. This is not withstanding the reality that their outcomes and impact affect a common denominator; human, social and economic livelihoods with the sustainable management and use of the earth planet resources.

In order to facilitate the implementation of actions to realize the commitments made by parties to the conventions, a Global Environment Fund (GEF) was established to fund and track their implementation.

Uganda as a signatory is obliged to regularly and timely report to the respective Convention’s Secretariat, on the actions undertaken or projects implemented and the progress made towards the realization of set targets as well as challenges and the emerging issues therein.

In Uganda, UNCBD national focal point for implementation, monitoring and reporting of biological diversity is NEMA which is also responsible for overall coordination of all actions implemented, monitored and reported on all the three conventions. The UNFCCC national focal point is Ministry of Water and Environment and the UNCCD whose focus is sustainable land use management is housed at Ministry of Agriculture, Animal husbandry and Fisheries(MAAIF)

As part of the efforts to mainstream the implementation of these commitments in respect to Uganda as a UN committed member; NEMA on behalf of Government of Uganda received financial support from the Global Environment Fund (GEF) through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Subsequently, NEMA signed a Memorandum of Principles with Environmental Alert, ACODE and Nature Uganda to lead in the implementation and deliverables of some key intended outputs for the project.

As a result, Environmental Alert received funding from NEMA as a project lead on behalf of the CSO partners to roll out implementation in the pilot districts of   Buikwe, Jinja, Kayunga, Mukono and Wakiso.

The implementation will be participatory with project partners (ACODE, EA and Nature Uganda) taking lead in delivering different specific outputs based on their overall key areas of competence.

It’s within this context that Environmental Alert is organizing an inception workshop to introduce the Project to the selected District stakeholders and CSOs with mandates on environment and climate change related program, with an overall objective of building stakeholders commitments and strategies for rolling out the awareness activities in respect to Rio Convention.

The main purpose of the activity is to introduce the Rio Conventions  project to intended stakeholders and build commitments for the project implementation.

The activity is scheduled for Friday 22/10/2019

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