Environmental Alert (EA) in collaboration with National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) and Ministry…
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
In November 2018, ENRCSOs with funding support from the Inclusive Green Growth for Poverty Reduction (IGG4PR) Project, funded by UNDP and the Ministry of Water and Environment, undertook a capacity needs assessment leading to development of a capacity building plan aligned to green growth development in the country. The Capacity Needs Assessment identified among other concerns, the lack of capacity to engage private sector to appropriately respond to demands of green growth as well as the lack of capacity to engage the private sector to undertake requisite research and innovations based on the green growth path.
In August 2019, the ENRCSO Network, in response to the issues raised in the needs assessment particularly, the capacity gaps on advocacy and lobbying, developed ENRCSOs Advocacy and Lobbying Strategy for Green Growth. It focuses on the five (05) priority areas of the Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy that include agriculture, infrastructure, natural capital management, energy and planned cities. As part of the action plans in the Strategy, the ENR CSOs now seek to establish an engagement platform for Private Sector and adjacent farming communities based on agro-commodity investments with a focus on tobacco and sugarcane. The platform will serve as a mechanism for creating awareness and engaging commercial/contractual farmers of tobacco and sugarcane, as well as owners of the main estates of tobacco and sugarcane, and prepare them for green approaches on their agricultural establishments. Green approaches entail but are not limited to sound, responsible and sustainable practices that are mindful of the carbon and water footprints on the social, economic and environmental front. They also entail compliance with international best practices, national and international laws governing environment and natural resources at local government level. 3. The planned activity two meetings are planned. The first meeting will bring together commercial/licensed and/or out-growers of tobacco and the lead tobacco processing entity, Africa One International (AOI), in the presence of district local government officials. These will convene at an agreed venue in Gulu on Thursday 17th October 2019. The second meeting will bring together commercial/licensed and/or out-growers of sugarcane and the lead Sugarcane growing entity, Kinyara Sugar Works together, in the presence of district local government representatives. These will convene at a venue in Masindi on Friday 18th October 2019.
The meetings are intended to:
- Remind commercial growers of tobacco and sugarcane of the need for compliance to environment and natural resources laws governing sustainable production, observance of international best practices and expose them to new approaches for responsible management.
- Create awareness about sustainable approaches as Uganda moves from brown to green tendencies as the country pursues the green growth path.
- Establish a platform for future engagement on partnerships for sustainable management of natural resources, green jobs, ecosystem services, chemicals and waste management in tobacco and sugarcane investments.
Environment Alert (EA) is implementing a project titled ‘Increasing access to sustainable and renewable energy alternatives in the Albertine Graben’ that aims at communities adopting sustainable renewable energy alternatives to reduce dependency on biomass for their energy needs. The project is being implemented in collaboration with the World-Wide Fund-Uganda Country Office (WWF-UCO) with financial support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). One of the project outputs is ‘WWF and project CSOs have created networks to coordinate civil society engagements at national and local levels.’
In line with this, The Renewable energy CSOs and Network- a loose semi-formal Network was formed in September, 2018 as a coordination mechanisms for a shared and structured engagements agenda with the MEMD and other relevant ministerial departments and agencies (MDAs) to influence access to clean and sustainable management of renewable energy resources.
The Secretariat is hosted by Environmental Alert (EA). However, since its establishment, the Network has never held an AGM for its members.
Therefore, this year 2019 the interim committee alongside the secretariat is planning to hold an AGM to bring together all Network members to update and discuss critical emerging issues pertaining to the Network as well as agree on actionable recommendations to address them.
The purpose of the meeting is to:
- To share implementation progress with focus on achievements, emerging issues and future outlook for the Network;
- To approve the draft memorandum of principles; strategic plan and network visibility items i.e. the Logo, master slide, and letter head;
- To elect the new steering committee;
- To provide space for Network members to exhibit their IEC materials so as to enhance members visibility and work across the Network.
The AGM is scheduled for 30th October, 2019.
EA in partnership with Water Aid is implementing project on Water Sanitation and Hygiene project titled Sustainable WASH (SusWASH) project. This project also supports KCCA directorates for Health, Education and Strategic Planning to include elements that strengthen the sustainability of WASH services within their current plans.
This project focuses on two main areas:
- Strengthening of School WASH structures including SMCs to support sustainability and ensure that WASH services are inclusive especially for women and girls;
- Capacities strengthening of school WASH structures through tailor-made trainings on sustainability of service provision. At the community level, through mobilizing community members and local leaders to spearhead the scale-up of improved sanitation facilities through targeted behavior change campaigns and dialogues.
Recently EA conducted a scoping exercise of community advocacy groups and local institutions to assess their level of advocacy engagement, their level of enforcement and challenges of compliance among others. The findings were validated and some issues were allotted various platforms from which dialogue can be encouraged between the rights holder and the duty bearers, one of which is the radio community talk show and leveraging on its wider coverage it is easy to widely spread information regarding sanitation in these informal settlements.
It is on this note that Environmental Alert is planning to conduct a community led radio talk show to discuss issues concerning clean water proper sanitation a Hygiene this activity also builds into the Global Hand washing day celebrated under the theme Clean Hands “Clean Hands for all” an aspect of proper hygiene. Furthermore this activity contributes to one of the project objectives i.e. “To increase sanitation coverage in informal settlements”.
The objectives of the meeting are:
- To increase awareness on hygiene and sanitation practices such as hand washing with soap and water after visiting the toilets and the 3Rs for waste management a better way to a clean society/community.
- To solicit the wider response from the community members concerning sanitation and proper hygiene
To have an interaction between the duty bearers and the right holders.
The activity is planned to take place on 15th October, 2019 in Kansanga Parish at a venue yet to be identified.