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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.

7 day climate change challenge is an activity funded by the Embassy of Sweden. The activity is in line with the theme for our Nordic National Day that shall be “Universally addressing climate change for a more sustainable future”.

The purpose of this activity is to raise awareness with the general public on actions that individuals can do on a daily basis to protect our environment and combat climate change. Three sub areas have been pre-selected which include:

  1. Eating sustainably
  2. Moving sustainably
  3. Living sustainably

These three areas more or less cover the actions that individuals can do to improve the environment that we live in. Some of the ideas that have been raised include:

  • Walking or riding a bike to work as opposed to driving
  • Carpooling
  • Eating organically grown food that is locally produced
  • Opting for vegetarian options (meat has been proven to have a higher carbon footprint)
  • Teleconference meetings rather than travel
  • Recycling waste or composting
  • Plating trees/plants
  • Etc

The public is encouraged to take on their chosen task for the 7 Days, and post your activities on their social media platforms and use the hashtag #7DayChallengeUganda. A team of camera people shall also follow on one or two of the days to document your activity for a video that shall be produced and shared afterwards. This will help us to share your activities and start a discussion around this important issue in Uganda.

Environmental Alert (EA) intends to dispose its used Motorcycles, Office furniture and IT equipment and hereby invites interested bidders. The used Items will be sold through sealed bids to be submitted to Environmental Alert Office at Kabalagala. The envelopes should be clearly marked “DISPOSAL OF USED OFFICE ITEMS, 2019”, and addressed to the Secretary Procurement committee along with an original receipt of a non-refundable fee of 50,000/= on Friday 17th May 2019 by 5.00pm. Late bids will not be allowed. All bidders should clearly indicate their daytime contact numbers and emails addresses on the bid Documents.

Bid documents are available at Environmental Alert, after payment of a non-refundable fee of UGX 50,000 (Fifty thousand Uganda Shillings) to

Name:                        Environmental Alert 

Bank:                         ORIENT BANK

Account number:     12180502010101

The items shall be sold on “as is, where is” basis and EA will have no further liability after the goods are sold.

Open viewing of the Items will be at the Environmental Alert Offices, Kabalagala from 15th May to 17th May 2019 between 10.00am and 5.00pm. No viewing will be done during Saturday and Sunday.

Bids shall be opened on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 at Environmental Alert Boardroom, Kabalagala starting at 2:30 pm, in the presence of bidders or their representatives. Only Successful bidders will be contacted by Friday 24th May 2019.

EA reserves the right to reject any or all the bids without giving any reason(s)

For any further details, please contact:

Secretary Procurement Committee.

procurement@envalert,org

Tel.: +256 414 510547

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On-going activities

Two (2) days National level training of project CSOs and Networks on Monitoring and Evaluation as applied for lobbying and advocacy. This training is scheduled for 1-2 July, 2019 at Eureka Place Hotel,Kampala, and will involve 23 key representatives of CSOs & Networks. However, participation is by invite. Details