To accomplish its mission, EA specializes in policy engagement for better policies and delivery of services to poor communities in both rural and urban environments. It undertakes structured service delivery mobilizing communities and facilitating development of their skills, approaches and technologies for the sustainable management of their agricultural systems, natural resources and Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities and services. Furthermore, this interaction generates experiences, lessons and facts which inform EA’s issue-based advocacy agenda at the community, local, national and international levels.
EA, as a host of the Secretariats of major national CSO Networks EA has vast experiences in mobilizing and coordinating stakeholders for issue based joint engagements in the agriculture, environment, natural resources, water, sanitation and renewable energy sub-sectors. EA has played and continues to play a representation and leadership role in structured CSO lobbying and advocacy engagements at the national, sub-regional and local levels. They include;
A) National Climate Advisory Committee. Within the framework of this committee through coordination by the Climate Change Department of the Ministry of Water and Environment, Environmental Alert among other stakeholders participated in several meetings and consultations that resulted into the formulation of the Uganda’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). But also related review and validation of the Implementation Plan of the NDCs of Uganda. Through these interactions, Environmental Alert provided technical inputs for consideration by Government in this process. The inputs were based on Environmental Alert’s own experiences & lessons in addition to those of the other CSOs in the Water and Environment sector, with due consideration that Environmental Alert hosts the Secretariat for the Environment and Natural Resources Civil Society Organizations (ENR-CSO) network.
B) National REDD+1 Technical Committee;
C) Technical Committee of the Agroforestry & Urban Forestry Sub-forum of the National Forestry Forum
D) Environment and Natural Resources Sector Working Group for the Ministry of Water and Environment;
E) EA is a member of the National Wetlands Advisory Group;
F) EA led and coordinated the participation of civil society in the national consultative processes that resulted into the forest sector policy and institutional reforms in Uganda. These reforms gave birth to the new Forestry Policy, the National Forest Plan, the National Forestry and Tree Planting Act, and a new institutional structure for managing forestry in the country;
G) EA coordinates and hosts the secretariats of three major civil society networks; i) The Environment and Natural Resource-CSO Network (ENR-CSO Network)2; ii) The Uganda Forest Working Group (UFWG)3; iii) The Standards Development Group; iv) The Promoting Local Innovations for sustainable agriculture and sound Natural Resource Management (PROLINNOVA) Network