Greenwatch Uganda in Action

Greenwatch has been instrumental in the following actions:

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1995 March – May : Appraising the National Environmental Bill that was passed in May 1995 as National Environment Statute.
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\r\n 1995 – June : Made contributions to the National Constitutional Review Commission giving recommendations on matters concerning environment to be included in the Constitution. The recommendations were largely accepted and found their way into the New Constitution. Notably the Right to a clean and healthy environment. Article 39 The Public Trust doctrine, Article 234 and the principle of sustainable development is one of the National Directive principles of State policy.
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\r\n 1995 : Participated in one of the key Stakeholders in the first Regional Symposium for environmental law in East Africa – Jinja.
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\r\n 1996 : Worked on a project to stop pollution along Kampala – Jinja Highway leased by stone quarry and crushing by Sterling a Multi-National Construction Company. The pollution was stopped in 1997 after Court action by Greenwatch. The dispute was resolved out of Court after new technology was installed and pollution stopped.
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\r\n 1997 : Worked on project to stop pollution caused by a cement processing plant 80 tons of cement dust was being emitted into the atmosphere daily. The pollution was stopped after Greenwatch has taken Court action.
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\r\n 1997/98 : With other environmental Non-Government Organisations Greenwatch fought to stop government and a US based corporation Aquatics unlimited from spraying Lake Victoria world’s said largest fresh water lake with deadly herbicides. The spraying was not done as NEMA refused to pass the Environmental Impact Assessment after a heated public hearing in which Greenwatch and other NGO’s helped influence NEMA’s decision.
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\r\n 1997 : Participation as major stakeholder in a UNEP organised symposium for lawyers in Public Interest Litigation held at Fairway Hotel Kampala.
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\r\n Jan 1998 : Greenwatch facilitated National workshop for lawyers in Uganda at Lake View Hotel Mbarara on Public Interest Litigation – Procedure and Practice.
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\r\n 1999 Jan : In conjunction with Environmental Law Institute and World Resources Institute Greenwatch developed training materials for lawyers and judicial officers.
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\r\n January : Participated in Civil Litigation for enforcement of E.I.A. in respect of hydro-electric power project on the River Nile – (NAPE –vs- AES Nile Power Ltd.).
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\r\n June : Participated in the Public hearing of AES Nile Power hydro-electric project after Court had ruled the E.I.A was mandating before commencement of the project.
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\r\n Continued participating in meetings, rallies, public lectures on the environmental aspects of this project including petitioning the World Bank Inspection Panel from 1999 – 2003. This civil society action saved the environment for disaster and saved Uganda from having to implement a very badly negotiated agreement.
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\r\n June 2000 : Convened and held a workshop for East African lawyers on environmental law and practice in E.Africa. Sponsored by Environmental Law Institute and World Resources Institute – through USAID.
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\r\n 2000 June : Started developing training materials for judicial officers on environmental law.
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\r\n - Commissioned by the Uganda Judicial Training Committee to carry out the first ever training of Judges in environmental law in Uganda.
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\r\n 2000 July : Started on project to stop destruction of wetlands in and around Kampala. Culminating into a suit against Gold Course Holdings Ltd. and property developer engaged in construction in wetlands and green areas around Kampala.
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\r\n 2001 : Convened and conducted first training for Judges in environmental and procedure in Uganda sponsored by E.L.I.
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\r\n Filed the first ever suit on access environmental to information in Uganda to force government to make public a Power Purchase Agreement in respect of a proposed hydro-electric Power Plant at Bujagali on the River Nile (See judgments)
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\r\n 2001 – 2003 : Started on project in conjunction with PACT, LEAT and RECONCILE to access the impact of environmental law and policy on Food Security in the East African region with emphasis in transboundary resources – This project was completed in 2003. Research carried out in the districts of Tororo and Busia on Uganda – Kenya Boarder and Masaka & Rakai on Uganda – Tanzania Boarder.
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\r\n 2001 : Carried out needs assessment study and later training of District Environmental Committee members, and other civil society leaders in districts of Tororo, Busia and Mbale. This training enabled them to formulate district environmental bylaws known as environmental ordinances. This was done in conjunction with The American Bar Association.
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\r\n 2002 : In conjunction with W.R.I convened and facilitated the second Judges workshop on environment and practice. Attended by Judges from Kenya and Head of Environmental Tribunal in Kenya.
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\r\n 2003. : E.L.I in conjunction with NEMA and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) under PADELIA project developed training materials for magistrates course. Convened and facilitated first training for magistrates in Uganda. Conference opened by The Hon. The Chief Justice of Uganda.
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\r\n 2003 – September : Carried the 3rd training of Judges in environmental law and procedure in Uganda. This being the last introductory course. Greenwatch is currently developing training material for advanced course for Judges.
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\r\n Almost all the Judges of the High Court have under taken the first course. Training materials are being developed for training of Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Judges.

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