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September 18, 2019,

EA in partnership with Water Aid is implementing a project on Water Sanitation and Hygiene titled Sustainable WASH (SusWASH)…

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Recently Uganda’s NFSS was approved and launched…


Validation of…

Strengthening resilience and promoting inclusive governance for…


EA in partnership with Water Aid is implementing a project on Water Sanitation and Hygiene 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 aims to apply the learning and evidence generated from the SusWASH project to support Urban WASH policy processes as well as inform sector capacity development initiatives towards sustainability of water and sanitation services. The project also support 5 schools i.e. Mirembe primary school, Kansanga seed secondary School, Railway primary school, Nateete secondary school and Ntinda school for the the deaf in improving WASH and develop capacity in planning, M&E and Operation and maintainance for the sustainable WASH improvement interventions.

Previously EA conducted a survey to assess the WASH status of these schools. Results showed a number of gaps on Planning for implementation of WASH amongst the target schools, Inclusive WASH, Operation and Maintenance, Monitoring and Evaluation, thus a corrective action is required to offset the gaps. such as; un-costed WASH plans, inadequate safe drinking water points and those available are not inclusive to cater for the disabled, poor management of incinerators, among others.

It’s against this background that EA is organizing a combined training for the SMCs and WASH responsible teachers/patrons to develop their capacity on effective planning, costing and improvement of WASH in their schools., the action from the first day of the training will be the development of the WASH improvement plans and these plans shall be validated on the second day of the workshop.

Date: 18th –19th September, 2019. Venue: Mt. Zion Hotel Kampala

This serves to announce the forth coming ENR-CSO Network Annual General Meeting (AGM) due to take place on the 8th of October 2019. The purpose therefore is to request you to book this date.

The tentative program is attached for your information and preparation.

With reference to section 3.1 of the working ENR-CSO Network Memorandum of Principles (MoPs), the General Assembly, which is the supreme decision-making organ of the network, must meet at least once a year. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a mandatory legal requirement, which must be observed by the coordinating institution.

Therefore, this year 2019 the Steering committee alongside the secretariat is planning to hold an AGM to bring together all stakeholders to interact on critical emerging issues pertaining to the group and the sector in general as well as agree on actionable recommendations to address them. The AGM is tentatively proposed for 8th October 2019, details of the venue for the meeting shall be communicated in due course.

The AGM will be a platform for sharing the annual performance reports both technical and financial and future plans, adoption and approval of the 10 year strategic plan (2019-2029), reflection on membership, institutional and governance issues, review of the MoPs, fundraising and resource mobilization among others.

Minutes from the previous AGM, the SP document and any other supporting documents to this process,

Program shall be shared in due course.

Thank you in advance



Executive Director,

Environmental Alert,

Cc, Chairperson ENR CSO Network,

Recently Uganda’s NFSS was approved and launched by the FSC and the minister of water and Environment on 27th April 2018 and 6th June 2018, respectively. It became effective since 1st September 2018This is a great achievement as it puts Uganda in the 1st and 8th country in Africa and the world to have an NFSS, respectively.

Notable is that the NFSS development process in Uganda started in 2013. The process was highly consultative involving active participation of various stakeholders based on their mandates, roles and responsibilities including both the duty bearers and rights holders. It was guided by the FSC principles and procedures in this respect. Thus, the process was led by the Standards Development Group (SDG) – Uganda that comprised of members (i.e. forestry sector stakeholders) categorized based on the 3 chambers of Environment, Social and Economic. These were selected from the NFSS National Consultative Forum Members. The forum provided space at the national levels for consultation and soliciting stakeholder’s views and concerns on several drafts of the NFSS as part of the processes.

The role for spearheading the development of the NFSS in Uganda was delegated to the SDG-Uganda by the Uganda Forestry Working Group (UFWG). The SDG-Uganda selected their leaders comprises of the Chairman and Vice Chairman and these ensure that the process was on course and meeting all the FSC requirements and principles.

They were regularly and routinely supported by the SDG-Uganda Secretariat hosted at Environmental Alert. The Secretariat mobilized and coordinated stakeholder participation in the process. Besides, working with partners they mobilized resources to support implementation of the agreed actions as part of the process.

The process in Uganda from inception up to completion was supported and funded through contributions by the following partners: WWF-Uganda Country Office, Environmental Alert, Care International in Uganda, Global woods, Forest Stewardship Council, SDG-Uganda members, Uganda Timber Grower’s Association, Havilah Company ltd, the Forest Sector Support Department, The Ministers of Environment, Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda, …).

The NFSS augments existing forest policy and legislation for sustainable forest management. For instance, the National Forestry Policy (2001) provides for working towards sustainable forest management in Uganda. Policy statements numbers 1 – 4 directly address issues of sustainable forest management. The policy statements provide for the following implementation strategies that address sustainable forest management and harvesting standards, criteria and indicators:
i. Develop codes of conduct and standards, and the development of criteria and indicators that can be applied to forest certification;
ii. Develop standards of best practice for commercial plantations and disseminate these to the private sector;
iii. Improve the regulation of concessions including the development of harvesting and processing standards.

The Standard was approved and officially launched by the FSC Director General Kim Carstensen and the Honorable Minister for Water and Environment of the Republic of Uganda, Mr. Sam Cheptoris, who congratulated FSC and the Standard Development Group for developing the standard and pledged the government’s support to ensure its implementation. The standard came into use effective 1st September, 2018.

Implementation of the standard is already ongoing particularly by the private sector i.e. the timber plantation companies. Others like the Uganda Timber Grower’s Association in collaboration with the WWF-UCO are applying the standard to inform group certification process by smallholders.

On 27th March, 2019 The Standards Development Group Secretariat (Environmental Alert) organized a one-day National Stakeholder’s Dialogue at Hotel Africana, Kampala. The main purpose of the dialogue was to engage with all sector stakeholders to deliberate and develop a roadmap for supporting the implementation or operationalization of Uganda’s NFSS.

Albeit the development of the draft roadmap, it was thought important to have a team of members of the Standards Development Group come together and build up more content into the draft roadmap to understand the issues and how the recommendations from the previous dialogue can be more targeted actionable. This dialogue shall also be used as an opportunity to guide and make early decision on the new institutional format of the Standards Development Group and the National Consultative Forum.
It is on this basis, therefore, that Environmental Alert with support from FSC is organizing this event with the core members of the Standards Development Group.

The specific objectives of the proposed stakeholder’s Dialogue
The main purpose of the workshop is to meet with all the key stakeholders to build up more content into the draft roadmap to understand the issues and how the recommendations from the previous dialogue can be more targeted actionable and also use it as an opportunity to guide and make early decision on the new institutional format of the Standards Development Group and the National Consultative Forum

Date for the dialogue
The dialogue is scheduled for 12th July 2019 at Eureka hotel

Strengthening resilience and promoting inclusive governance for women and youth in vulnerable communities is a joint partnership program supported by Care International in Uganda. The support goes to 4 partners who contribute to different objectives given their various levels of operation.

EA and ACODE contribute to objective Number 2 which aspires to ensure that Effective national and local CSO partners and networks undertake policy analysis and advocacy on scaling up of gender transformative resilience models, for transparent and inclusive natural resource governance.

Accordingly, in a bid to promote synergies amongst the Care partners, EA and ACODE agreed in principle to co finance a study to establish the capacity needs of District Local Governments, Sub county local governments as well as the CSOs at both local and National level In relation to climate resilience.

The draft report in this respect is due for validation by selected key stakeholders from the project operational area.

Consequently, EA has organized a validation workshop to ensure that the capacity needs assessment report is validated.

Purpose of activity

To Validate the preliminary findings from the capacity needs assessment and provide concise feedback to the results.

When is the activity scheduled?

The activity is scheduled for May 29th, 2019.

Venue: Imperial royal Hotel Kampala.

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The Energy Week 2019. 23rd -28th September 2019 at KCCA grounds, Lugogo, Kampala.