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October 27, 2020,

The 10th JASAR of 2020 marks the 6th Non-State Actors (NSA) active participation in the JASAR processes. It however,…

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The 10th JASAR of 2020 marks the 6th Non-State Actors (NSA) active participation in the JASAR processes. It however, comes in at the point where the agriculture sector is starting the implementation of the new ASSP III in the context of National Development Plan (NDP) III where the sector is significantly expected to contribute to the programme of agro industrialization. Further, more when the sector is faced with two emergent challenges of Corona Virus Disease – 19 (COVID 19) and Desert locusts on top of the now constant challenges like climate change. It therefore necessitates to not only look at the sector performance for the year 2019/20 but also reflecting on the sector readiness to tackle emergencies as and when they arise. This NSA Statement therefore, is multi-facetted, it provides for the sector performance for the Financial Year (FY) 2019/20 as part of the broader performance of the sector for the concluding Uganda National Agriculture Investment Plan of 2015/16 – 2019/20. The NSA Statement further provides a snapshot of the sector performance on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) commitments as detailed within the various indicators designed in the Malabo framework and on specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Additionally, it presents a snapshot of the sector readiness towards building resilience of all actors in the sector towards emergencies. The key issues and recommendations provided in this statement focus on the agriculture sector in the next Agriculture Sector Development Plan (ASSP) III and not necessarily the next FY as it has been in the previous years.

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This initiative is organized in collaboration with the WWF Uganda Country Office and above all aim at providing a platform for sharing experiences and success stories on renewable energy access and utilization within the region. Furthermore, the webinars target at publicizing the role of CSOs contribution towards Renewable energy access and the overall contribution towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7), which seeks to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. The first confirmed webinar is on 30th October, 2020. The topic for discussion is the, ‘Role of CSOs in Energy Access Initiatives- Leveraging the contribution that CSOs play in achieving SDG 7.’

This broader topic will be discussed by various speakers as follows:

  • Engaging CSOs in Renewable energy policy and advocacy – Experiences from Uganda.
    Speaker: Joshua Zake, Environmental Alert Uganda;
  • Role of CSOs in the Regional renewable energy space.
    Speaker: Eugene Nforngwa, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance;
  • Experiences from the Energy Working Group in the elaboration of the National Energy Policy on the charcoal value chains;
  • Scaling up the Barefoot College approach: A case study of the BCMada CSO.
    Speaker: Solo Thierry Randriamanalina, WWF Madagascar

NB: The webinar will be moderated by Thomas Opande, Africa Energy Programe Coordinator, WWF.

The Registration Link for the webinar is:
https://wwf.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N2ZCcolLSxi-FrfLE9rvSA

The time for the webinar is: October 30th, 2020 02:00 PM in Nairobi

You are therefore, encouraged to participate and contribute to this initiative.

The scheduled for the subsequent webinars during the period is as follows:

 NB: Further information will be shared going forward.

  

WEBINAR TOPIC DATE
1)       Virtual Training for country CSOs:  Building strong engagement, advocacy and Community Influence Strategies November 2020
2)       Financing for Off-grid Energy Access; Mobilizing end-use and Investment Financing for off-grid energy access – the role of CSOs January 2021
3)       Energy Policy Pathways to achieving SDG7. March 2021
4)       Energy and Gender issues: Navigating the Gender Dynamics of Energy Access and SDG7 May 2021
5)       Collaborations and Partnerships: Leveraging cross-organizational synergies to achieve off-grid Energy Access Goals. July 2021

Environmental Alert successfully organized a two (2) days Two-day training of CSO partners and networks in budget tracking and monitoring at the local and national levels. This training is scheduled for 14th to 15th October 2020. However, participation is only by invite.

Environment Alert (EA) is implementing a project titled, Strengthening resilience and promoting inclusive governance for women and youth in vulnerable communities.”  that aims at ensuring that Civil society organizations and Networks have increased capacity and expand spaces for negotiation between empowered citizens and refugees and accountable duty bearers through multi-stakeholder platforms focused on resilience. The project is being implemented in collaboration with Care International In Uganda with financial support from DANIDA. One of the project Objectives is to Civil society organizations and networks have increased capacity and expand spaces for negotiation between empowered citizens, refugees and accountable duty bearers through multi-stakeholder platforms focused on resilience.’

There are already initiatives that have been done to contribute to the achievement of the above project Objective, i.e. EA has already built the CSO capacity to develop their own  advocacy strategies which provides a framework for the project CSOs & Networks to undertake advocacy interventions aimed at increasing resilience to climate change as well as expanding spaces for negotiation between empowered citizens and refugees and accountable duty bearers through multi-stakeholder platforms focused on resilience.

In addition, EA has also Conducted a CSOs and networks capacity needs assessment on budget tracking and advocacy in engaging government on the commitments in the plans, programmes and budgets (in climate Smart agriculture, resilience and natural resource) and also developed a capacity building plan. In the same vain, EA is Conducting a joint trend analysis of resource allocation towards ENR and agriculture sector at the national and local levels to come up with recommendations that will inform the CSOs and networks position on climate resilience.

It’s against that background that Environment Alert sourced out for a consultant to develop tools for tracking and monitoring budget allocations to ENR and agricultural sectors at the national and local levels and deliver a two days training to CSO partners and networks members in budget tracking and monitoring at the local and national levels.

The long-running controversy over the 41,000-hectare Bugoma Central Forest Reserve has taken a new twist.

Hoima Sugar Limited accuses the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) of reducing the acreage for sugarcane growing from the initial 22 square miles to only nine square miles in a decision taken by the regulatory body on August 14.

In the same measure, a group of 19 civil society organisations, under Save Bugoma Group, are also up in arms against NEMA over the giveaway of the forest land to Hoima Sugar Limited for sugarcane growing.

Details of the NEMA decision show that the environment body cleared Hoima Sugar to cultivate sugarcane on 9.24 square miles in Bugoma Central Forest Reserve, Kikuube district in western Uganda.

NEMA also allowed the firm to establish an urban centre on 1.26 square miles, an eco-tourism centre on 1.97 square miles and also restore 3.13 square miles of the forest reserve.

The top government environment watchdog also ordered Hoima Sugar to preserve 0.156 hectares for the cultural site and conserve 6.17 square miles as a natural forest.

This totals to 21.54 hectares of land (about 22 square miles) or 5,579 hectares. However, Hoima Sugar says the reduction of the initial 22 square miles to only nine square miles deprives the sugar company a right to grow sugarcane on the entire 21.54 square kilometres.

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