|CSCO’s ENGAGEMENT ON BIODIVERSITY ISSUES CONCERNING MASINDI-BIISO OIL ROAD CONSTRUCTION.
The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is constructing roads to facilitate oil development. One of such roads is the Masindi-Biiso Road. The construction of this road has raised several biodiversity concerns. Civil Society has identified several issues especially along the 3.5 km section which passes through Budongo Central Forest Reserve. The road passes through a key biodiversity area which is a critical habitat for the biodiversity trigger species namely Chimpanzees and Nahan’s Francolin, yet there are not enough animal crossing structures provided in the design. The proposed increments in the existing carriageway from the current approximately 5-9m to about 10-12m will also lead to loss of forest canopy in the right of way, split off and isolate the southern portion of the forest from the northern section which will adversely affect the connectivity and movement of wildlife. It will also fragment the habitat and reduce its value for wildlife use due to the break in habitat continuity. Highly vulnerable forest patches will most likely accelerate forest encroachment; unlocking forest carbon due to forest clearing which will result into distortion of the microclimate of the area; and disturbance of animals in Protected Areas and road kills of crossing wild animals. For more details Read More…
|ORIENTATION OF CIVIL SOCIETY PROXIES TO UGEITI MSG
Uganda was admitted into the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in August 2020. This made her the 54th member country globally, and 26th African country to join the initiative. The EITI is an international framework that requires governments and mining companies to publish and reconcile data on oil, gas, and mining revenues as a mechanism for ensuring transparency, accountability and subsequently proper management of revenues that accrue from a country’s natural resources exploitation among other associated benefits. Click here for more details