A platform across African Great Lakes for community testimonies on environmental challenges and solutions fostering accountable and participative natural resource management

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Climate Change Drives Lakes Toward Ecological Tipping Points

Rapidly warming water can change a lake, including increasing its algae growth and expanding its dead zones. A new study helps identify the lakes most at risk. By Bob Berwyn, InsideClimate News Jun 23, 2017 High temperatures and heavy rainfall lead to widespread algae growth in Lake Erie in 2014 and 2015. A new study looks at the risks to deep lakes in higher latitudes as global temperatures rise. Credit: NASA When rising temperatures brewed… [Read more]

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What is the current situation in Uganda’s oil sector?

We, Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO), the Guild Presidents Forum on Oil Governance (GPFOG) and the Oil Refinery Residents Association (ORRA) wish to appreciate government’s issuance of production licenses to Tullow Oil and Total E&P. We congratulate the companies for having successfully undergone the rigorous process required in order to be issued with production licenses. The issuance of the licenses on August 30, 2016 is an important milestone and brings Uganda closer to first… [Read more]

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Regional politics hijack Uganda’s oil pipeline decision

From AFIEGO‘s last Energy Update   By Emma Gordon . Among the many obstacles that have impeded the development of oil reserves in Uganda and Kenya, one stands out above all others. What was originally a commercial decision has moved into the political realm. Every actor has a different preference over the route for the export pipeline. After years of fierce debate, the government of landlocked Uganda is likely to make a final decision by… [Read more]

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Oil Politics in Uganda’s Presidential Race

With Uganda expected to start oil production sometime in 2018, during the tenure of a president to be elected this February, the plans that the country’s eight presidential candidates have outlined for the oil and gas sector take on a special significance ahead of this year’s general election. . Uganda has oil deposits in the mid-western districts of Hoima and Buliisa, as well as the northern district of nwoya districts. Since the fi rst discovery… [Read more]

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COP21: DRC must abandon the oil development project in Virunga National Park to merit its rights as one of the Green lungs of our planet

Letter to his Excellency the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Head of State (with the expression of our sincere tributes)   Excellency the President of the Republic, . It is with great satisfaction that we, the Civil Society organizations of North Kivu (CREF Network, CREDDHO, FECOPEILE, IDPE and SOPR) involved in the promotion and protection of the environment and human rights, are following with particular attention the preparations made by the… [Read more]

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Government of Rwanda at the Forefront of Promoting Good Governance in Conservation and Exploitation of its Vital Natural Ecosystems

Since 2005, the authority in charge of tourism and conservation in Rwanda has introduced “Kwita Izina” ceremony, an annual baby gorilla naming ceremony and a unique Rwandan event, which aims at raising awareness on the conservation of endangered mountain gorillas, promote Rwanda, and empower local communities surrounding the Volcanoes National Park. This year (2015), the 11th Kwita Izina ceremony was celebrated on 5th September, in Kinigi Sector, Musanze district. The theme was “Conserving now and… [Read more]

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Allegations Against the Company SOCO ought to be Taken Seriously in order to Protect the Communities and Save Virunga National Park

PRESS RELEASE No. 001 / SC-NGOs / ENV / NK / 2015 The allegations against the company SOCO ought to be taken seriously in order to protect local communities and save Virunga National Park   Environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from North Kivu civil society, represented by the CREF Network, IDPE, CREDDHO, SOPR and FECOPEILE, welcome the report by British NGO Global Witness urging the oil company SOCO to account for its actions in and around… [Read more]

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Tackling Threats in Lake Kivu through Technology, Community and Policy Engagement

Rwandan Transboundary partner Associations for the Conservation of Nature in Rwanda (ACNR) shows how it is possible to reduce threats around Lake Kivu through the introduction of technology, community and policy engagement. . ACNR in partnership with IUCN Netherlands committee, brings people together and helps them take pro-active roles regarding the management and utilization of natural resources, especially at trans-border areas. The past months ACNR has been assisting local fishing communities to from Site Support… [Read more]

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Let locals participate in oil decisions to reduce wrangles

By Doris Atwijukire Originally published in New Vision The development of Uganda’s natural resources – whether hydrocarbons, oil palm, forests, gold, phosphate, sugar cane, coffee, tea, cement or hydropower – has led to tensions across Uganda between local communities, the private sector, as well as both local and central government.  Oil in particular has spiked expectations of central and local governments and local communities about the wealth this resource will bring; Uganda’s oil reserves now… [Read more]

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AFIEGO Statement on Oil Refinery Procurement and the New Property Rights and Compensation Law

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY AFIEGO AND PARTNER NGOs/CBOs FROM THE BUNYORO SUB REGION AT THE END OF THREE STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOPS TO DISCUSS THE PROCESS FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF A COMPANY TO BUILD THE OIL REFINERY AND TO COLLECT VIEWS FOR A PRIVATE MEMBERS BILL ENTITLED “THE RIGHT TO FAIR COMPENSATION AND TRANSPARENCY IN LAND ACQUISITION, REHABILITATION AND RESETTLEMENT LAW, HELD IN BUGAMBE, BISO AND KIZIRANFUMBI- SUB COUNTIES OF HOIMA AND BULIISA DISTRICTS, BETWEEN 12TH AND… [Read more]

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Policy Brief: Property and Compensation Rights in Uganda

WE CANNOT WAIT: EMPOWERING UGANDANS TO UNDERSTAND AND DEFEND THEIR PROPERTY AND COMPENSATION RIGHTS by AFIEGO Abstract: Uganda’s 1995 Constitution is one of the most promising constitutions on protection of human rights in the world. Its chapter four details various rights including human rights on the environment and property rights for the enjoyment of the citizens. Despite the existence of the above constitution and its promises on rights, abuse of human rights, especially property rights… [Read more]

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Great Lakes Civil Society Statement: Call for UN Special Envoy and Governments to Support the Creation of a Transboundary Resource Governance Structure

STATEMENT GREAT LAKES CIVIL SOCIETY ORGNANISATIONS CALLING UPON THE U.N. SPECIAL ENVOY TO THE GREAT LAKES REGION OF CENTRAL AFRICA, THE GOVERNMENTS OF BURUNDI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC), RWANDA AND UGANDA TO SUPPORT THE CREATION OF ONE MULTISTAKEHOLDER EXCHANGE STRUCTURE ON TRANSBOUNDARY RESOURCE GOVERNANCE IN THE GREAT LAKES REGION 22nd of August 2014 Introduction The Great Lakes Region is undergoing significant developments in the exploration and exploitation of natural resources. The contributions of different… [Read more]

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CSOs condemn violence in Uganda’s Rwenzori region and emphasize the need for collaboration between the government and traditional leaders to prevent future conflict

Download the statement here As Ugandans anticipate a major spike in revenue from oil production, suspicions and mistrust between the two authorities must end to prevent conflict and ensure equitable development. Kampala, 12th August 2014 – The undersigned Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) express deep concern at the serious violence that happened last month in the areas of Kasese, Kamwenge and Ntoroko in southwestern Uganda, which resulted in the deaths of over 90 civilians and security… [Read more]

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Report: Oil Production and Uganda’s Budget for FY 2014/15

A new report by Winfred Ngabiirwe of Global Rights Alert highlights concerns over the minimal inclusion of oil production costs in Uganda’s 2014-2015 national budget.  Estimates suggest that Uganda may collect more than $3 billion USD annually in petroleum revenues, a figure equivalent to half the country’s current budget.  However, the national budget does not prioritise the compensation of people displaced for the refinery, nor is there evidence that the government has already secured land… [Read more]

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The abuse of the Refinery Affected People’s rights poised to worsen, AFIEGO warns

Press Release, 5th August 2014 Kabaale, Hoima-Uganda (August 05, 2014) – The human rights abuses endured by the refinery affected people of Kabaale Parish, Buseruka Sub County-Hoima Uganda for the past two years will get a lot worse unless the families who asked for relocation and those who rejected inadequate rates of compensation currently living in isolated ghost villages are rescued immediately before disasters in form of famine, falling houses, lack of health care, education… [Read more]

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Uganda: ‘Govt reluctant to sign up for oil money transparency’

Source: The Observer  |  Written by Edward Ssekika Wifred Ngabiirwe is the executive director of Global Rights Alert and a campaigner for good governance in Uganda’s petroleum industry. She is also the national coordinator of Publish What You Pay – Uganda chapter (PWYP-U), a coalition of civil society organizations pushing for transparency and accountability in the oil sector. She told Edward Ssekika why signing up to Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is important for Uganda…. [Read more]

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Oil Evictions and the Uganda High Court Case: What You Need to Know

People affected by the refinery want the government to stop oil projects until full compensation is received   On Friday 4 July, the Land Division of the Registrar High Court in Kampala heard the hearing of an application for an interim injunction against the Government of Uganda. 86 residents from the Kabaale-Buseruka region of Hoima District who have been displaced by the planned oil refinery filed the civil suit with support from AFIEGO. The applicants… [Read more]

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Our Oil, Our Choice: Video from Uganda

This video from Global Rights Alert is an in-depth exploration of the many issues facing the country as it begins oil production in the Albertine region.  Through commentary and debate with government ministers, civil society leaders, MPs, activists, and community members, GRA examines pressing concerns about corruption, poor management, environmental risks, and threats to livelihoods.  If revenues are used responsibly and equitably there is immense potential for development, but the government must ensure that oil… [Read more]

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Policy Brief: A Regional Approach to Oil Resource Management in the African Great Lakes

In this timely policy brief, Uganda-based partner African Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO) summarizes the relevant legal framework that supports a cross-border approach to the management and protection of oil resources in the Great Lakes region.  Amid concerns that the discovery of oil will fuel conflict, deepen instability, harm communities, and damage the environment, AFIEGO highlights several existing human rights and environmental treaties that support cooperation between countries in the region and promote community-centered natural… [Read more]

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