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Environmental Alert (EA) and Trac Fm are implementing the “Land Rights campaign” which is part of the Common Matters 2 program. The overall goal of the campaign is to, sensitize citizens to understand and respect their land rights when it comes to compulsory land acquisition and fair compensation. Help citizens to defend their land rights and be vigilant when they are challenged.’

The Land rights campaign will provide an alternative and open-access platform for citizens to debate pro-poor, just and human rights based legal land acquisition and compensation. Interactive radio polls, hosted on 10 radio stations throughout the country will allow citizens to participate in a structured conversation regarding the proposed act, perceptions on land disputes, corporate interests, government interference and fair land compensation. The campaign will also cover the position of government in cases where individuals may obstruct development or infrastructural projects that could benefit the community. It is in that regard that EA and Trac Fm will hold meeting with the aim to introduce the campaign to the MLHUD

The meeting is scheduled for 26th October 2018, and attendance is by invite.

Environmental Alert in partnership with WWF-UCO with financial support from NORAD are implementing the second phase of the Clean Energy Project with a goal of “Communities living in the Albertine Graben have adopted sustainable and renewable energy alternatives to reduce dependency on biomass for their energy needs”.

One of the key project outcomes is ‘Civil society in partnership with other agents of change is transforming government and private sector decisions and practices towards sustainable and renewable energy development to the benefit of women, men and youth.’ In order to achieve this, since project inception, EA has taken a lead role in coordinating CSOs &Networks in Renewable energy sub sector to actively engage in some of the government processes such as policy review process of the Renewable energy policy; where a CSOs and Networks position with recommendations has been develop and submitted to the Ministry for consideration

Against that background, EA commissioned a consultant to compile reports from CSOs and Networks in Renewable energy sub sector into a consolidated report for the FY 2017/18. The report allows for a critical evaluation of the civil society’s contribution to the sector. Results of these assessments would form a basis for engagement and provide an entry point for collaboration between MEMD and Renewable Energy Civil Society Organizations (RE-CSOs).

In this context therefore, Environmental Alert is organizing a validation meeting for members to review and input into the draft consolidated RE-CSO & Networks annual performance report FY 2017/18. The meeting will be held on 19th/10/2018 at Hotel Africana, Kampala, at 8:30am-4:00pm. Attendance is by invite.

Uganda’s Most valuable tree known as Afzelia Africana or globally referred to as African mahogany are the brink of extinction following smuggling of logs perpetuated by highly placed officials.Weaknesses in the prosecution and court sentences that are not deterrent have been cited as responsible for smuggling. For details download article

 

Poor financing options locking Ugandans out of the Energy sector. There is need to recapitalize Uganda development bank from which entities can get patient financing loans at low interest, in order to venture into expensive government projects. Details

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