We believe that environmental rights can be better exercised when people have access to information, can participate in decisions that affect their surroundings and have access to justice incase their rights are violated. Greenwatch exists to ensure that every individual in Uganda knows that they have environmental rights and these rights can be fully exercised through access to information, justice and public participation.
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...
Since 1998, Greenwatch has conducted training for over 200 judicial officers, lawyers, prosecutors and enforcement officers among others. Greenwatch has developed its training programme to promote and strengthen the legal and institutional framework for the effective management and adjudication of the environment issues.
Through training, Greenwatch has built the capacity of individuals, judicial officers, law enforcement officers, government officials and local NGOs in the protection and conservation of the environment and has presented innovative ideas and solutions to current environmental issues.
Greenwatch uses advocacy as a tool in implementing its activities. These include: Networking with Civil Society Organizations, Using democratic mechanisms, Public interest litigation
Greenwatch offers pro-bono legal consultancy services to the public on policy matters, Environment Impact Assessments, Environment Audits, review of environment Impact studies among others.
The Greenwatch resource center has over 1000 numerous collections of casebooks, Judicial decisions, newsletters, publications, policy briefs, periodicals, bulletins, reports, magazines, and research papers on Natural resources and Environmental law, public interest litigation, climate justice, access to information among others. Greenwatch resource center is open and accessible by the general public, civil society members, researchers, students. Search from the e-library and send your REQUESTS TO READ with the book reference number by mail to [email protected]
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