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Petition to Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business - RT. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, The Speaker of Parliament of Uganda - RT. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, Uganda Minister of Water and Environment - Hon. Cheptoris Sam

Enact a Fair and Equitable Climate Change Law for Uganda

As you are aware, Uganda has already witnessed some of the negative effects of climate change, and many more are expected to impact the country. The major manifestations of climate change in Uganda include: severe water shortages; increased incidents of drought; reduced crop production especially the value of the Arabica and Robusta coffee crop which could fall by half by 2050 due to the contraction of the area that can support its production – with the cost of the associated losses from the fall in production estimated at US$ 1, 235 million; reduced potential for hydropower development due to a reduction in rainfall and water availability – with the decline estimated at 26% by 2050; and damage to the country’s physical infrastructure due to extreme weather events, with losses estimated at 0.1–0.4% of Uganda’s GDP in 2050 (Ministry of Water and Environment, 2017). The impact of climate change on Uganda is also manifested by the declining surface area of the Rwenzori ice caps which has reduced by 49 percent between 1987 and 2003, and is projected to disappear within the next two decades. Thus, adaptation and mitigation action is required in all major sectors of the economy including: agriculture; energy; health; transport and physical infrastructure; and water. A proposed National Climate Change law (now a bill) is expected to accelerate Uganda’s efforts to undertake adaptation and mitigation action across all the key sectors of the Ugandan economy. Since the draft National Climate Change Bill, 2017 came out at the end of July 2017 for public review, the Climate Change Department in collaboration with different stakeholders have held several meetings involving Government Departments and Agencies; Civil Society Organizations; Private sector; Members of Parliament through the Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change, among others. According to Mr Chebet Maikut - Commissioner of the Climate Change Department in the Ministry of Water and Environment, 'The proposed climate change law is deemed crucial in filling up the existing gaps in sectoral laws enacted by Parliament of Uganda'. Equally, CSOs are optimistic that the proposed law will create a clear regulatory framework where all the actors in Uganda are obliged to collectively  and individually take up climate change adaptation and mitigation actions. In advancing the concerns already expressed by civil society on this draft climate change bill, we would like to petition you and other relevant law makers - that when this important Bill comes before the floor of Parliament of Uganda, the following specific glaring equitable and fairness related gaps must be addressed: Under the proposed National Climate Change Advisory Committee, wider representation is needed to include in the membership of the committee, a representative of the youth, a representative of cultural and traditional institutions. Therefore membership of the committee should be increased to include: Representative from National Youth council, Ministry of Education and Sports and Ministry of Gender Labour & Social Development. The draft Bill requires the Climate Change Department to prepare an annual report on climate change for consideration by Cabinet and Parliament and provides the major contents for that report. It is important that among the contents, there should be a specific section detailing special measures and initiatives carried out to make the most vulnerable communities and persons resilient to effects of climate change it is proposed that Uganda’s CC law should establish an annual multi-stakeholder climate change platform at both the national and district local governments for mutual accountability between duty bearers and the general public. These forums would also be very important in terms of promoting public participation in decision-making and access to climate change information. However, an elaboration of this should be done as much as possible to uphold this important step towards promoting sustainable development in Uganda (for example, a schedule on composition of the multi-stakeholder forum). The draft Bill is weak with respect to the question of public participation in climate change decision-making. To be progressive, Uganda’s climate change law should make it possible for the public to challenge decisions taken where there has not been meaningful participation. Similarly in relation to the Right to petition court in defense of climate change adaptation and mitigation, Uganda’s climate change law should provide for the right of any person to apply to court where a person or entity has acted in a manner that has or is likely to adversely affect efforts towards mitigation and adaptation to the effects of climate change. A failure to address the above gaps will imply Business as Usual where citizens, communities, groups, private sector and legislators will NOT be in position to among others: promote robust measures to enhance public participation and accountability; impose  the much needed duty on local governments to mainstream climate change in their policies, plans and budgets;  require all the key sectors of Uganda's economy to implement climate change adaptation and mitigation plans through mobilization of the requisite resources.  

Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development
543 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Dominic Grieve

Greater protection needed for Mobile Home residents! Bring in Fit and Proper controls!

Many Parks are for older people, who may be less likely to fight back when confronted with unfairness and injustice from their Site Owner. I live on a Park Site, I know people who live on other sites, and I have spoken with National organisations who report problems country-wide. The law needs to be stronger - not just for older people, although there are many - but ALL residents. It's ok if you have a good Site Owner and manager, but if you don't, life can be miserable. There are an estimated 250,000 people who live in Park Homes. On privately owned sites, residents who own their home pay Site Fees to the Site Owner (owner of the land on which the homes are situated), who is issued a Site Licence by the Local Authority to run the Site. Yet no legal criteria have ever been brought in to direct Councils as to who can be granted a Site Licence! This needs to change. A number of residents privately report difficulties with Site Owners or managers, but are afraid to come forward. They need better protection, so that they can come forward without fear of repercussions where they live. The government were due to review the Mobile Homes Act 2013 this year, including whether 'Fit and Proper' controls need to be applied, and looking at the effectiveness of Local Authorities, although I have just heard that it may be delayed until 2018. It was due to be May, then the Autumn - it can't be delayed again! Please join me in asking for the law to be revisited as a priority; 1) to bring in 'Fit and Proper' controls as to who can own or run a site. (Feel free to comment as to what you think should be included - there isn't even a DBS check required by law.) 2) to set up a safe way that residents complaints may be logged. 3) to implement a national database which Councils must access to alert them to any previous comments and complaints regarding an individual or company that wishes to have a Licence. Any reasonable Site Owners won't object to checks being made, and legal controls would better direct Councils to protect the people living within their jurisdiction.  Please join our Facebook page : Twitter : @fitandproperso Email

Andi Little
5,401 supporters