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.
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.
However, much as this is happening it’s important to have implementation initiative following a more structured approach and based on key stakeholders information and participation. This can be achieved through a National stakeholder’s dialogue during which further information and awareness about the standard is made for stakeholders to appreciate the opportunities presented by the standard and the relate entry points for implementation and operationalization of the standard. This would inform a shared road map for implementation of the standard. Besides, the various stakeholders have strategic roles and responsibilities to advance implementation of the standard. Enabling them to play such roles requires more planned and targeted engagements with them on possibilities of how they can integrate some of requirements in the standard in their day to day interactions. A case in point include: the Uganda National Bureau of standards; the Local Governments
It’s therefore in this context that Environmental Alert, the host for the SDG-Uganda Secretariat is planning to organize a one day stakeholders’ dialogue to reflect on practical modalities to advance structured implementation of the Uganda NFSS. The developed roadmap will then be used as a tool for resource mobilization towards implementation of the national standard.
The specific objectives of the proposed National stakeholder’s Dialogue
The main purpose of the workshop is to meet with all sector stakeholders to discuss and develop a roadmap to support implementation of the national standard.
- a) Awareness creation;
- b) Development of a roadmap for structured implementation of the Uganda NFSS based on the roles and mandates of the key duty bearers (Ministries, Departments and Authorities)
Date for the dialogue
The dialogue is scheduled 27th March, 2019 at Hotel Africana, Kampala