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:
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
- United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); and
- 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