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CSCO APPEARS BEFORE THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES TO MAKE SUBMISSION ON THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT BILL, 2017
From Left - Right: The CSCO Delegation comprise of, Dr. Joshua Zake of Environment Alert, Julius Ssenyonjo of PEMO, Florence Kyalimpa of ACODE, Onesmus Mugyenyi of ACODE, Irene Sekyana of Greenwatch, and the CSCO National Coordinator, James MUhindo

CSCOAPPEARS BEFORE THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES TO MAKESUBMISSION ON THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT BILL, 2017

On 9thMarch, 2018 the Civil society Coalition on Oil and Gas together with theEnvironment and Natural Resources (ENR) CSO network met the ParliamentaryCommittee on Natural resources and shared comments and recommendations on theNational Environment Bill, 2017.

The Bill seeksto repeal the current National Environment Act which came into place 25 yearsago (since 1995). This comes after a realisation that the current policy andlegal frameworks are outdated and not stringent enough to address emergingenvironmental challenges including;

        The discovery of oil and gas inthe Albertine Graben; an area not only recognized as a national andinternational biodiversity hotspot but also with highly vulnerable societies.

        the escalating climate changeconcerns such as drought, floods, storm, heatwaves and landslides that have hadserious effects on agricultural production, food security, incomes, health andlivelihoods;

        Technological advancements withchallenges of manging e-waste; unsound management of chemical like mercury;

The Bill alsocomes at a time when the Uganda is experiencing unimaginable environmentaldegradation characterized by Illegal sand mining in Lake Victoria, forest clearance,illegal fishing, reclamation of wetlands, increasing air pollution especiallyin urban areas and so much more.

The two civilsociety groups were consulted by the National Environment Authority during thedrafting of the Bill and fully support it. However, there are key issues whichshould be addressed as MPs synthesise the Bill before itís passed into law. Pleasecheck the link below for details on issues and recommendations presented beforethe parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources. The Bill Can also be accessedfrom thislink.

The leadershipof the two civil society groups would like thank all their members whoparticipated in the process that led to the generation of the comments andrecommendations. Special thanks go to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)Uganda Country Office for supporting the process.

 

 

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By Florence Kyalimpa
Posted 15th, March 2018
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