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Environmental Alert (EA) in partnership with WWF-UCO with financial support from NORAD is 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 objectives of this project is to ensure Government and private sector have put in place an enabling framework that supports increased financing/investment for sustainable and renewable development.

To achieve this, EA commissioned a consultant to conduct a study on current Financing & Investment in the energy sector in Uganda. Through interactive consultations, the consultant engaged key stakeholders in the renewable energy sub sector to generate information which was compiled into the study report that further informed the position paper.

On 17th July, 2018, EA will hold a validation workshop to validate the draft CSOs and Networks position paper on the current Financing & Investment in the energy sector in Uganda. The workshop will be held at Mt. Zion Hotel, Kampala starting 8:30am to 11:30am. Attendance is by invite.

On 5th June 2018, Uganda joins the rest of the World to celebrate World Environment Day (WED) under the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution”. If we are to achieve the theme, then it is only possible if we do things differently, and the following can be done: Step-up regulation and enforcement of the policies and laws which guide sustainable management of waste including a ban on polythene bags (Kaveera) of less than 30 microns;Creation of collection centers to ease collection and transport of the plastics to recycling plants should be supported and up-scaled to other urban towns in the country;Community based initiatives and innovations for waste management must be promoted and supported, for they turn waste including plastic into valuable products which create employment and generate incomes while cleaning up the environment;Engaging the Government through providing alternative research based policy and practice recommendation to influence decision making and investments for sustainable waste management along the waste generation chain at levels; and Changing attitudes and practices of Ugandans in respect to waste management so that less waste is generated and managed responsibly

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The following recommendations should be stepped-up for Uganda to be able to Beat Plastic Pollution:

  • The Government through the line Ministries, City and Urban Authorities should step-up regulation and enforcement of the policies and laws, which guide sustainable management of waste including plastic. Strategies for effective waste management through application of the 3R’s should be applied at all scales;
  • KCCA’s new strategy for plastic waste management in this respect, that involves creation of collection centers to ease collection and transport of the plastics to recycling plants such as the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa plastic waste recycling plant in Nakawa should be supported and up-scaled to other urban towns in the country.
  • Community based initiatives and innovations for waste management must be promoted and supported, for they turn waste including plastic into valuable products which create employment and generate incomes while cleaning up the environment;
  • CSOs and networks should continuous engage the Government through providing alternative research based policy and practice recommendation to influence decision making and investments for sustainable waste management along the waste generation chain at levels; and
  • All Ugandans are encouraged to change their attitudes and practices in respect to waste management so that they can generate less waste and also take responsibility in its management and disposal at the source were its generated through waste sorting, recycling and re-using. This requires more targeted awareness and education of all stakeholders.

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Environmental Alert in partnership with WWF-UCO with financial support from NORAD is 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 objectives of this project is to ensure Government and private sector have put in place an enabling framework that supports increased financing/investment for sustainable and renewable development.

To achieve this, EA commissioned a consultant to conduct a study on current Financing & Investment in the energy sector in Uganda. Through interactive consultations, the consultant engaged key stakeholders in the renewable energy sub sector to generate information which was compiled into the draft study report.

It’s upon this background that key stakeholders in the renewable energy sub-sector are meeting to validate findings of the study on current Financing & Investment in the energy sector, scheduled for Thursday 17th May, 2017 at Imperial Royale Hotel starting from 9am to 1pm.. The output from the meeting will further enrich the final document that will be used towards advocating for increased financing and investment for sustainable and renewable energy development.

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