Wetland & Forest ConservationOctober 12, 2017
Land RightsSeptember 15, 2019
We're empowering stakeholders to promote SEA and ESIA in oil sector for environmental conservation.
Extractive industry with big projects that affect environment and people should have impact assessment tools such as SEA and ESIA which are important in conservation, stakeholder knowledge on the tools and how they can promote environmental conservation amidst oil threats in Uganda remains low. In September 2018 therefore, CICOA and our partners AFIEGO with support from the Shared Resources,
Our main objective was to ensure that community people are part of the discussions on impacts of oil project on them
CICOA spearheaded the CSO campaign to remind NEMA to hold public hearings on the ESIA. In consultation with the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), NEMA organized the public hearings in Buliisa and Nwoya districts in November 2018.
CICOA ensured that citizens made input into the ESIA by holding sensitization meetings in Buliisa, Nwoya and Pakwach organizing radio talk shows, disseminating radio spot messages, publishing articles in newspapers with national circulation and implementing a social media campaign through which communities and national stakeholders were mobilized and sensitized to make comments on the Tilenga ESIA. The comments were made through public hearings on November 12 and 15, 2018 respectively. Where stakeholders rejected the ESIA because it would not result in environmental protection.
Transparency and accountability are major ingredients when dealing with public natural resources like extractives industry. Oil and gas industry demands steady fast stewardship from the government and awakened and informed citizens if they are to gain meaningful results from the sector. We have participated in processes for facilitating admission of Uganda government into Extractives industries transparency initiative (EITI) this a global standard for the good governance of oil, gas and other mineral resources.
Environmental activists under Citizen Concern Africa (CICOA have asked President Museveni to intervene and stop the ongoing destruction of Lwera Wetland on Kampala-Masaka highway in Kalungu District.
Our objective is to have citizens demand for service delivery against the public resources (taxes) and how these resources can benefit the current and future generation.
With this objective, we championed the promotion of accountability by government by sensitizing the refinery-affected people and supported them to engage parliament to hold Ministry of Energy accountable over corruption and abuse of the refinery-affected people’s rights.
Access to information is critical if transparency and accountability are to be achieved, and as organization working with communities, this was has and remains our core role to share information with citizens so that citizens are empowered to demand for accountability from government and other service providers.
With CICOA campaign on save Lwera swamp in Kalungu district Greater Masaka, the relevant authorities like NEMA and the ministry of Agriculture and the president on his visit in Masaka, promised to deal with wetland degraders and ordered the environment ministry and NEMA to stop further degradation of the wetlands. General public was sensitized on the importance of wetlands and dangers of degradation, and were trained on being custodians for the environment protection in their areas.