The newsletter expresses AFIEGO’s solidarity with those who are beleaguered because of COVID-19 and the brave frontliners who are fighting the disease. It calls on the world’s leaders to use this time to recommit to promoting environmental and biodiversity conservation.
The newsletter also discusses the gaps and weaknesses in the Kingfisher oil project’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) certificate of approval that was handed over to CNOOC by NEMA this month.
Kindly read more in the newsletter which has the following content:
Kingfisher oil project ESIA certificate: NEMA must stop endangering our environment with illegal certificates
Pictorial of our activities
In the media
Upcoming eventsAFIEGO’s March 2020 newsletter
The objection is made following publication of a notice by ERA in the New Vision of August 26, 2019. In the notice, ERA invited the public to submit comments on an application by Jacobsen thermal power plant Ltd for renewal of its licence.
AFIEGO avers that Uganda currently produces surplus expensive power which citizens have failed to consume. At $25.8 cents per unit, the thermal power produced in Uganda is also too expensive.
Uganda should therefore not be producing thermal power and Jacobsen’s license should not be renewed.
We call on ERA and government to prioritise investment in offgrid solar, wind and other energy options to diversify the energy mix to enable security of supply.
The excuse that thermal power is needed for security of supply does not hold when investments in clean offgrid options can be made.
Kindly refer to the letter for more.Letter of objection to ERA to stop plans to renew Jacobsens licence 06-09-2019
Through the statement, the CSOs are calling on government not to bow to pressure by the oil companies. The CSOs insist that government must demand that Tullow Oil pays the taxes due to government.
While the CSOs support government to collect tax, they note that government’s violation of environment and other laws, abuse of oil revenues and failure to use oil money to benefit citizens has denied government social capital that it would rely on to demand for tax from oil companies.
It has also perhaps emboldened oil companies to drag government through one expensive tax dispute after another. The CSOs make recommendations for action by government.
Kindly refer to the attached CSO statement and press release for more CSO statement on suspension of EACOP activities 05-09-2019
Through the attached open letter, we highlight challenges that will deter compliance to EITI in Uganda and make recommendations for addressing of these challenges.
Some of the challenges include:
• Lack of a culture that promotes rule of law, respect of institutions and others. Such a culture cannot allow transparency and accountability to thrive.
• Government failure to penalise officers who refuse to implement laws that promote transparency and accountability such as the Constitution, Public Finance Management Act and others.
• A weak parliament and citizenry that cannot hold the executive that abuses oil revenues accountable.
• The existence of laws such as the 1998 Environment Impact Assessment Regulations that undermine transparency and others.
CSO open letter to Minister of Finance to address challenges to EITI
The newsletter has the following content:
• EACOP ESIA: Gaps and weaknesses will endanger environment and livelihoods amidst oil threats
• Pictorial of our activities
• In the media
• Upcoming events
Download here : AFIEGO July 2019 newsletter
The report highlights the work we did under our three programme areas in 2018. Some of the work we did includes the following:
· Promoting legal reforms for environmental conservation amidst oil threats.
· Undertaking land rights campaigns for the protection of communities’ land rights.
· Campaigning against amendment of Article 26 of the Uganda Constitution.
· Defending the education, water, food, shelter, gender and other rights of oil-affected communities.
· Promoting public participation in SEA and ESIA activities including the Tilenga ESIA activities.
· Strengthening communities in the oil region to demand for transparency and accountability.
· Campaigning for access to justice through re-instatement of district land tribunals and faster court processes.
· Promoting a just energy transition to clean energy through films, community sensitisation campaigns, strengthening CSO partnerships and others
Download AFIEGO’s 2018 annual report here : AFIEGO’s 2018 annual report
The newsletter has the following content:
• Lessons from Kingfisher public hearings: Government must stop deceit in ESIA processes
• In the media
• Upcoming events
As we prepare to participate in the public hearings on the Kingfisher oil project’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) next week on June 19 and 21 in Kikuube and Hoima districts respectively, we ask you to receive the attached handbook.
The easy-to-read book discusses citizens’ rights under ESIA processes and public hearings.
The rights are provided for under the 1995 Uganda Constitution, 2019 National Environment Act, the 1998 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations and 1999 EIA Public Hearing Guidelines.
The handbook also discusses the gaps in Uganda’s environmental legal framework.
For instance, Uganda is still relying on the 1998 EIA regulations and 1999 EIA Public Hearing Guidelines to guide ESIA processes and public hearings.
The 2019 National Environment Act provides for the conduct of ESIA, and not EIA.
There is therefore lack of harmony between the 2019 National Environment Act, which provides for ESIA, and the EIA regulations and guidelines that are currently being relied on.
Citizens must therefore call on NEMA to complete and operationalise the ESIA regulations and to review the 1999 EIA Public Hearing Guidelines.
This will ensure that there are no contradictions with the 2019 National Environment Act.
Kindly read more in the handbook which we hope you will use to ensure citizens’ participation.https://www.afiego.org/download/handbook-on-citizens-rights-in-esia-processes-afiego/
On May 8, 2019, the Ugandan government put up Ngaji oil block for bidding. Government plans on allowing oil exploration in the block.
The block is located in one of the most important and ecosensitive landscapes in the world, the Albertine Rift.
The block covers Lake Edward, a UNESCO Ramsar Site, and Queen Elizabeth National Park, a UNSECO Human and Biosphere Reserve.
Further, the block borders Virunga National Park, a biodiverse UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Virunga National Park accommodates 43% of Africa’s bird species, 27% of Africa’s mammals and more than 10% of Africa’s reptiles, amphibians, and plants in addition to several rare and endangered species that exist nowhere else in the world.
Allowing oil exploration in the Ngaji oil block will affect Lake Edward and the Queen Elizabeth in addition to Virunga national parks.
This will have catastrophic environmental, social, economic and diplomatic effects.
CALL TO ACTION
Join us in calling on government to stop the licensing of Ngaji oil block.
Tell your friends and partners about the negative impacts of licensing out Ngaji oil block.
Further, talk to your area Member of Parliament (MP), petition Ministry of Energy and write newspaper articles calling on government to remove Ngaji oil block from the blocks being considered for bidding.