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Greenwatch Uganda In Action

Greenwatch has been instrumental in the following actions:

  • 1995

    • Appraised the National Environmental Bill that was passed in May 1995 as National Environment Statute. The recommendations found their way into the 1995 Constitution of Uganda. 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.
    • Participated as one of the key Stakeholders in the first Regional Symposium for environmental law in East Africa held at Jinja-Uganda.
  • 1996

    Implemented a project to stop pollution released by stone quarrying and crushing along the Kampala - Jinja Highway by Sterling-a Multi-National Construction Company. The pollution was stopped in 1997 after Court action spearheaded by Greenwatch. The dispute was resolved out of Court after new technology was installed.

  • 1997

    • Together with other environmental Non-Government Organisations fought to stop government and Aquatics Unlimited (a US based corporation) from spraying Lake Victoria (the world's second largest fresh water lake) with deadly herbicides. The spraying was not done as NEMA refused to pass the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) after a heated public hearing in which Greenwatch and other NGOs helped influence NEMA's decision.
    • Participation as a major stakeholder in a symposium for lawyers in Public Interest Litigation
  • 1998

    Facilitated a National workshop for lawyers in Uganda on Public Interest Litigation, Procedure and Practice at Lake View Hotel, Mbarara-Uganda.

  • 1999

    • Developed training materials for lawyers and judicial officers. This was done in conjunction with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and World Resources Institute (WRI),
    • 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 High Court Misc. cause No. 26 of 1999).
    • 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. Greenwatch continued participating in meetings, rallies, public lectures on environmental aspects of the project including petitioning the World Bank Inspection Panel from 1999 - 2003. This civil society action saved the environment from degradation and Uganda from implementing a very badly negotiated agreement.
  • 2000

    • Convened a workshop for East African lawyers on environmental law and practice in East Africa. This workshop was sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and World Resources Institute through USAID.
    • Carried out the first ever training of Judges in environmental law in Uganda.
    • Started a project to stop destruction of wetlands in and around Kampala culminating into a lawsuit against Gold Course Holding Limited. and the property developer who engaged in the construction in wetlands and green areas around Kampala.
  • 2001

    Filed the first ever lawsuit on access to environmental information in Uganda to compel the government make public a Power Purchase Agreement in respect to a proposed hydro-electric Power Plant at Bujagali on the River Nile (See judgments)

  • 2002

    Convened and facilitated the second Judges workshop on environment and practice which was attended by Judges from Kenya and Head of Environmental Tribunal in Kenya.

  • 2003

    • Greenwatch developed training materials for the Magistrates’ Court.
    • Greenwatch conducted the 3rd training of Judges in environmental law and procedure in Uganda. Greenwatch also developed training material for the advanced course and developed training materials for Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Judges.
  • 2006

    Convened and facilitated training workshops on environmental law for police investigators workshop, grade II magistrates, district environment officers and environmental inspectors, police inspectors and state prosecutors.

  • 2007

    • Convened and facilitated training workshops on enforcement of environmental laws for police investigators, state prosecutors, district environmental officers and chief magistrates in Uganda.
    • Conducted a judicial symposium on international environmental law.
  • 2009

    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.

  • 2011

    • Held a workshop on Climate change adaptation and biodiversity management workshop.
    • Developed a community based guide for monitoring impacts of oil and gas activities on the environment.
  • 2012

    Joined the global campaign initiated by Our Children’s Trust to address climate change on behalf of children through an international climate litigation campaign. Greenwatch instituted a lawsuit against the government of Uganda and NEMA for failure to implement measure to address the effects of climate change. This matter is still ongoing and we are hopeful that it will be concluded soon.

  • 2014

    Convened and facilitated a regional symposium on Public interest environmental litigation in east Africa.

  • 2019

    Partnered with Heinrich Boll Stiftung to organize and facilitate the first judicial training on climate justice in Uganda.