Uganda is most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. As temperature levels increase and rainfall patterns change, flood, drought, disease have become prevalent affecting Uganda’s economy and the livelihood of the people. 

To ensure that every Ugandan enjoys the right to a clean and healthy environment, Greenwatch works to achieving climate justice using the following strategies

  1. Enabling the recognition of a changing climate and awareness of climate change and all the issues related to it. This is done through research, community dialogues, workshops and trainings. 
  2. Strategic climate litigation. In 2012, Greenwatch instituted the first climate change case in Uganda, this matter is still pending in court. [ Case Files: Irene Ssekyana - witness statement.pdf, Dr Shuaib Lwasa - witness statement.pdf ,Written Statement of Defence.pdf ]
  3. Capacity building and education on climate change, climate justice, climate action and climate litigation

In 2009, Greenwatch conducted a three year project in partnership with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) named: Adapting Biodiversity Governance in the Albertine Rift: Reforming law to account for climate change”. The project aimed at assisting countries in the Albertine Rift to improve the legal and institutional frameworks governing biodiversity so that they may be revisited to respond to the potential effects of climate change. The resource manual “Legal and Policy Tools to adapt biodiversity management to climate change” was developed by consultants from Greenwatch, DELC, Madagascar, Vietnam, ELI among others. In 2011, the findings were disseminated to participants from the Parliament of Uganda, academia, private sector, Civil Society Organizations, line government agencies and Ministries as well as practitioners in conservation.

In 2012, Greenwatch joined the global campaign initiated by Our Children’s Trust to address climate change on behalf of children through an international climate litigation campaign.


On 6th November 2019, Greenwatch in conjunction with the Judicial Training Institute with support from Heinrich Boll Stiftung Nairobi organized the first judicial training on climate justice in Uganda. Among the objectives of the training was to introduce the Judges, Registrars and Magistrates to the concept of climate justice, to enable them to develop and implement effective approaches to adjudicate climate change disputes at the national level, adoption of improved implementation of climate change frameworks, increased awareness, knowledge and understanding of Uganda’s climate change obligations under the Paris Agreement.

Reports:
Report on Judicial Training on Climate Justice 2019

Presentations:


Greenwatch in conjunction with the Judicial Training Institute (JTI)  organised the 2nd annual Judicial Training on Climate Justice in Uganda on the 10th and 11th Sepetember 2020. The theme for the year was: "Climate Justice; Ensuring a More Fair and Equitable Society"

Training Manual: 
Judicial Training on Climate Justice (2020)-Manual

Presentations:


On the 18th and 19th March 2021, Greenwatch in conjunction with the Judicial Training Institute (JTI)  organised the 3rd Judicial Training on Climate Justice in Uganda held at Mestil Hotel & Residences, Kampala. The theme of the training workshop was: "Understanding climate change and exploring the role of the Judiciary in implementing climate justice”

The training was officiated by Hon. Justice Richard Buteera, Deputy Chief Justice of Uganda. Participants comprised of Judges of the High Court, Registrars, Deputy Registrars, Chief Magistrates and Magistrates who were equipped with knowledge on climate change, climate law and climate justice. Participants were admonished to be receptive and alive to cases brought before them as a result of direct and indirect negative impacts of climate change.

Resource persons and their presentations:

Panelists and their papers


The 4th Judicial Training was held on the 13th and 14th of April 2022, organised by Greenwatch in conjunction with the Judicial Training Institute (JTI)  at Mestil Hotel & Residences, Kampala. The theme of the training workshop was: "Strengthening The Judiciary's Adjudicative Role in Administering Climate Justice

A group photo of Judicial Officers and the Director Greenwatch at Mestil hotel and residences, Kampala
A group photo of Judicial Officers and the Director Greenwatch at Mestil hotel and residences, Kampala



Resource persons and their presentations:

 

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