"Every Ugandan has a right to a clean and healthy environment" - Article 39, The 1995 Constitution of Uganda
When you think of climate change, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it snow melting on the peaks of Mountain Rwenzori? The recent invasion of locusts in the horn of Africa? Raising lake levels of Lake Victoria? True! all these are the effects of a global warming. The notion of climate justice is one that focuses on the needs and concerns of the most vulnerable countries, cities, communities and people. It goes beyond focusing on their needs but also providing the means to be able to adapt and mitigate the effects as well as benefit from the fight against climate change.
Access rights (that is, access to information and access to justice) and public participation are part of our key project areas. Access to information relates to the entitlement of citizens and in some cases noncitizens to obtain information from governments and other authorities and or agencies that hold information as custodians for the public. We believe that access to information and public participation in the governance of environmental resources promotes sustainable use of our resources and enables accountability. Greenwatch promotes access to information through capacity building trainings, workshops, community dialogues and research on various environmental issues with emphasis on public participation in enforcement of conservation and management of natural resources.
The right to a clean and healthy environment is recognized under Article 39 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (as amended). Public interest litigation is one of the legal tools that Greenwatch has used to enforce the right to a clean and healthy environment.
Trainings, Dialogues & Various Activities
Greenwatch in conjunction with the Judicial Training Institute (JTI) organised the 2nd annual Judicial Training on Climate Justice in Uganda on 10th and 11th Sepetember 2020. The theme for this year...