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Uganda's estimated oil wealth has increased from 3.5 billion to 6.5 billion barrels,following new discoveries. || 80% of the land in Uganda is tilled by Women but they own less than 10% of it. || The Albertine grabben, where most of Uganda's oil is found, is also one of the most ecologically diverse regions in Africa.
CSOs including AFIEGO show why the recently Government of Uganda (GoU) and UNDP project to restore wetlands and build communities' climate resilience will register little success if the GoU does not:
a) Enact the reviewed National Environment Management Policy, National Environment Bill in addition to the reviewed EIA and SEA regulations which they have failed to enact for three years;
b) Pursue a pro-people inclusive approach in which the public is sensitised and endorses protection of sensitive ecosystems
c) Empower NEMA and district environment offices to enforce the law and supervise sensitive ecosystems against encroachers, including the rich and powerful
d) Avoids amendment of Article 26 of the Constitution and adopts international land acquisition practices to prevent poor and landless Ugandans from resettling in sensitive ecosystems including wetlands