AFIEGO’s January 2020 newsletter

In our January 2020 newsletter (which is attached), we discuss the implications the unfortunate abuse of oil revenues is having on environmental conservation efforts and protection of communities’ livelihoods amidst oil threats.

The newsletter also has the following content:
Abuse of oil revenues in Uganda: Implications for the environment & communities
Pictorial of activities
Lobbying
In the media
Upcoming events

Kindly download, read and circulate the newsletter to enable us to build momentum for action on the recommendations.AFIEGOs January 2020 newsletter

AFIEGO’s December 2019 newsletter

This newsletter highlights the work undertaken by AFIEGO in 2019 and the achievements that the organisation registered as a result. The newsletter also discusses the challenges AFIEGO faced during the course of the organisation’s work in 2020 and gives a way forward to address the challenges.AFIEGO’s December 2019 newsletter

AFIEGO’s November 2019 newsletter

The newsletter calls for the protection of the Murchison Falls landscape from hydropower dams, oil and other degrading activities.

The call is made following cabinet approving the conduct of a feasibility study to guide development of a dam at the Uhuru Falls, which are adjacent to the Murchison falls. Through the newsletter, we argue that no study can save the Uhuru and Murchison falls from destruction if a dam is permitted.

The newsletter also questions Bonang Power and Energy (Pty) Ltd’s ability to deliver a hydropower dam while protecting the environment and communities’ rights.

The company’s track record in delivering hydropower dams is largely unknown. Through the newsletter, we show that the company could be a front for corrupt officials who have caused loss of taxpayers’ money, have caused untold suffering to Ugandans and have degraded the environment.

Read more about the above in the newsletter which has the following content:
Murchison Falls National Park, oil & the proposed hydropower dam: A case of impunity, greed and corruption meeting
Pictorial of our activities
Lobbying
In the media
Upcoming eventsAFIEGO’s November 2019 newsletter

Comunique calling on NEMA to address gaps in draft ESIA regulations 21-11-2019

Kindly read about the above and more gaps in the attached communique.

Thereafter, kindly call on NEMA to act on the recommendations in this communique to promote transparency, accountability, inclusiveness and effective public participation in public hearingsComunique calling on NEMA to address gaps in draft ESIA regulations 21-11-2019

AFIEGO’s October 2019 newsletter

The newsletter highlights what transpired during the public hearings on the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.

The public hearings were organised by the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) in consultation with NEMA. They took place on October 21, 23 and 25, 2019 in three of the ten EACOP-affected districts of Kakumiro, Mubende and Rakai.

Through the newsletter, we show that stakeholders that participated in the public hearings highlighted many grave gaps and weaknesses in the EACOP ESIA report. Stakeholders called on NEMA not to approve the EACOP ESIA.

Further, the public hearings showed that NEMA is failing communities by failing to demand that developers include Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) reports and mitigation plans in ESIA reports.

The number of land acquisition-related grievances that were raised were overwhelming. Yet the EACOP ESIA lacked a RAP to enable stakeholders comment on it and improve its adequacy.

Further, stakeholders said that without mitigation plans in the ESIA report, they are left without an understanding of whether it is really possible to avoid or mitigate the impacts identified in the EACOP ESIA report. District leaders also noted that this compromises their ability to monitor implementation of mitigation plans for compliance.

The newsletter contains the following:
EACOP project should not be allowed to move ahead without addressing people’s concerns
Pictorial which captures comments made by stakeholders at the EACOP ESIA public hearings
Lobbying
In the media
Upcoming eventsAFIEGO’s October 2019 newsletter

AFIEGO’s September 2019 newsletter

Kindly read more in the newsletter which has the following content:

Government failure to collect taxes from oil companies will worsen oil dangers and deprive Ugandans
Pictorial of our activities
Lobbying
In the media
Upcoming eventsAFIEGO’s September 2019 newsletter (2)

Uganda and DRC CSOs communique on failures in EACOP ESIA public hearings 25-10-2019

This week, the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) in consultation with NEMA organised three public hearings on the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.

The public hearings were organised in the districts of Kakumiro, Mubende and Rakai. AFIEGO and 15 CSO partners from Uganda and the DRC participated in the public hearings.

Following our participation, we issued a communique through which we show that PAU violated national environmental laws and failed to respect regional accords aimed at ensuring the harmonious exploitation of resources in the Great Lakes region.

We also show that communities had to cover long distances and incur high costs to participate in the public hearings as only three hearings were organised. This is despite the fact the EACOP will affect ten districts in Uganda.

Failure to organise public hearings in all the ten affected districts undermined effective public participation in the public hearings. This could have far-reaching implications.

In addition, the presiding officer gave communities, some of whom had moved long distances to participate in the public hearings, only one minute to comment on the big EACOP ESIA report. This was especially seen in Kakumiro and it was unfair. It also went against the rules of natural justice.

Through the attached communique, we are calling on NEMA to direct PAU to organise public hearings in all the ten-EACOP affected districts.

We also make other recommendations to enable effective public participation in the public hearings. This will NEMA make the right decision on the EACOP project to promote environmental conservation and community livelihoodsUganda and DRC CSOs communique on failures in EACOP ESIA public hearings 25-10-2019

EACP ESIA gaps on wetlands

EACP ESIA gaps on wetlandsEACP ESIA gaps on wetlands

AFIEGO’s September 2019 newsletter (2)

Through the newsletter, we show that should the Ugandan government fail to collect the assessed capital gains tax of $167 million (over UGX 612 billion) from Tullow Oil, environmental conservation and community livelihood efforts stand to suffer.

Kindly read more in the newsletter which has the following content:

Government failure to collect taxes from oil companies will worsen oil dangers and deprive Ugandans
Pictorial of our activities
Lobbying
In the media
Upcoming eventsAFIEGOs September 2019 newsletter (2)

Update on hearing of Tilenga case today 01-10-2019

We would like to notify you that the case in which youth and CSOs want the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) certificate of approval for the Tilenga oil project to be cancelled is going to be heard today in the Kampala High Court today (October 1, 2019).

Kindly refer to the attached update for moreUpdate on hearing of Tilenga case today 01-10-2019