Over 125 Civil society representatives under the umbrella organizations: Climate Action Network Uganda and Environment and Natural Resources CSO…
Over 125 Civil society representatives under the umbrella organizations: Climate Action Network Uganda and Environment and Natural Resources CSO Network in collaboration with Climate Change Department of Ministry of Water and Environment held a dialogue from 20-21November at Royal Suites- Bugolobi, Kampala, representing Youth, Women, Indigenous Peoples, Academia, Private Sector, NGOs and Media.
The National Dialogue on State of Climate Resilience and COP24 Consultations supported by Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), CARE International in Uganda, Environmental Alert (EA), Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda (ECOTRUST), Environmental Management for Livelihood Improvement Bwaise Facility (EMLI), Uganda Community Based Association for Child and Women Welfare (UCOBAC), Actionaid, Caritas Uganda, Dan Church Aid (DCA), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Oxfam, provided a platform for multi-stakeholder platform to share, deliberate and develop key demands for enhancing climate action at national and global level.
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 NORAD. One of the 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’
There are already initiatives that have been done to contribute to the achievement of the above project outcome, i.e. EA has already developed a CSOs and Networks advocacy strategy. The strategy provides a framework for the project CSOs & Networks to undertake advocacy interventions aimed at increasing access to sustainable and renewable energy options in the Albertine Graben to reduce the demand for biomass there by contributing to conservation of high value forest ecosystems to benefit people and nature in Uganda.
In addition, WWF developed a capacity needs assessment tool that was used to assess Project CSOs and Networks in terms of the level of internal capacity and the results achieved by the CSOs in relation to WWF and other donor support in becoming effective managers, advocates and agents of change for sustainable development. The results of this assessment of each CSO provide an indication of the performance of CSO capacity building work and improve planning and intervention strategies to build strong civil society organizations/networks.
It’s in this context therefore EA commissioned a Consultant to develop a Capacity Building Plan for Project CSOs and Networks based on the findings of the advocacy capacity needs assessment using WWF capacity assessment tool. It’s based on this that Environmental Alert is organizing a National stakeholders meeting to validate the draft Capacity development plan.
Environmental Alert will hold a stakeholders’ meeting to validate a draft capacity building plan for project CSOs and Networks that was developed based on the findings of the advocacy capacity needs assessment using WWF capacity assessment tool. The plan will be implemented to build CSO & Networks capacity building and improve planning and intervention strategies to build strong civil society organizations/networks.
This meeting will be held on 26 November, 2018 at Eurekal Place Hotel, and will involve 21 key representatives of CSOs & Networks. However, participation is by invite.
Environmental Alert (EA) is implementing a project on behalf of the Government of Uganda carrying out an assignment to “undertake a market, livelihoods, gender and GBV analysis in 3 districts of Bushenyi, Mitooma and Shema in the South Western Uganda to identify gaps, employment needs and income streams that are resilient to climate change and map on-going initiatives”. One of the output under the assignment to environmental Alert Is to support the No-Regret interventions carried out by the wetland adjacent community groups.
During the project stakeholders’ inception meeting that was held on 14th August, 2018 at Tuzza Hotel in Bushenyi district, stakeholders from the three project districts were consulted on which groups to consider and three groups were identified from each district that are contributing to the project goal of restoring degraded wetlands
Further consultations were conducted and two groups were chosen for support with each selected beneficiary wetland user group in each district surveys were conducted through focus group discussions, from which discussion key enterprises were selected for support.
In the stakeholder’s validation meeting that was held in Sheema on the 14th September, 2018, the stakeholders agreed these key actions that is to say, Apiary, Piggery, Aquaculture, Poultry, Goat rearing, Craft and art, and mushroom growing. as the most suitable enterprises for the support.
It’s against this background that EA seek technical support to deliver on these selected Actions on No regret interventions in the three districts of Mitooma, Sheema and Bushenyi.
EA is organizing to deliver a specialized training for the identified No-Regret enterprise training needs to the two (2) selected Wetland user associations from 19th November to 8th December, 2018 in the project districts of Mitooma, Sheema and Bushenyi. These trainings are part of the assignment to EA under the UNDP project; “Building Resilient Communities, Wetland Ecosystems and Associated Catchments in Uganda.” Which project aims at restoring the previously degraded wetland resources in those districts (Mitooma, Sheema and Bushenyi).
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.