With discovery of viable commercial oil deposits in Uganda in 2006, land acquisition has been one of the contested activities between government and international oil companies and host communities. This is not only the delayed compensation, unfair rates but also gross violations of human rights in general acquisition of the land from community owners.
The main objective of this project was to empower citizens to participate in the making informed decision on energy policies at all levels.
Through our project on promotion of land and livelihood rights of communities affected by oil projects. In November 2018, CICOA trained over 1950 community members with their local leaders in Buliisa, Nwoya and Pakwach districts of Tilenga project in our pre Public hearings community engagement meetings to enable them understand the Tilenga environment social impact assessment (ESIA) report, where land rights were major issue raised by community members amidst the Tilenga oil project.
The project is located in Buliisa and Nwoya districts. The stakeholders that were trained included district land board members, cultural leaders, religious leaders, community leaders, communities members. The above stakeholders were reached through sensitization meetings. We reached over 2.5 million in eight districts in the oil region through Radio talk shows, spot messages and others. Due to our land and livelihoods sensitization activities,
Outcome of the project, communities in Buliisa, pushed government to increase compensation for their land being acquired for the Industrial area under the Tilenga project from 1 million UGX to 3.5 million UGX for an acre. We also saw government and oil companies accepting to seriously engage with the communities.
CICOA also made input into the draft Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policy (LARRP) of 2018. The policy is being developed by the Ministry of Lands as part of efforts to address grievances of oil and other project-affected people (PAPs). Which when completed, the above policy will improve land administration and governance to promote livelihoods and environmental conservation in Uganda