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Uganda’s IGE Fellows discuss Draft National Peer Review document on fossil fuel, plastic pollution & forest loss

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Uganda’s Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) Fellows have called for national policy instruments that are clear with objectives and implementation plans.The need for reliance on information-based instruments has also been emphasized to contribute to the information disclosure and mindset change.

These came up during the In-country National Policy Review Workshop organized by the IGE   support team at the Environment for Development Initiative Centre at Makerere University on 1st June 2022.

The New IGE Cohort 2022 was launched in Naivasha Kenya followed by an online training and is now conducting National Peer Review exercises.

Dr. John Sseruyange presenting the Workshop objectives.
Dr. John Sseruyange presenting the Workshop objectives.

The overall objective of the workshop was to strengthen the collaboration between the academia and practitioners for increased evidence-based policy making for the Inclusive Green Economy.

Specifically, the workshop reflected on the IGE Vision, strategies and programmes to expose the gaps in the National Peer Review document relating to policy instruments.

The Director EfD-Mak Centre Prof. Edward Bbaale said, the IGE programme at the Centre focuses on training, peer learning and exchange of ideas.

Prof. Edward Bbaale addressing the fellows.
Prof. Edward Bbaale addressing the fellows.

“Policy review in this context looks at the existing instruments in the country to address environmental issues. We normally focus on literature review and taking stock on environment”. Prof. Bbaale explained.

Participants observed that the National forest cover has been damaged in many aspects from human activities but not well researched.

“Environment and Environmental resource economics has not been studied well in many of the universities across the globe.

Some of the IGE Fellows attending the workshop.
Some of the IGE Fellows attending the workshop.

This means environmental economists have to care so much on the environment and thus IGE fellowship addresses much of the environment related tasks”,  Fulbright Scholar and Research fellow at the EfD-Mak Centre, Dr. Nick Kilimani observed.

The draft NPR document on the three themes: fossil fuel, forest loss and plastic pollution in the country was presented and discussed by the IGE fellows. See attachment for the details of the different themes, discussions, observations and recommendations.

IGE Fellows’ NPR discussions on Fossil fuel, Forest loss and Plastic pollution

ThemeObservationsRecommendations
1. Fossils
A ban on importation of used vehicles aged 15 years and above.  

Subsidizing on manufacturing of electric vehicles.  

Subsidizing on solar energy. A 45% subsidy on solar panels in 2007.  

Establishment of non-motorized transport corridor.  

Encouraging use of public transport.  

Reduce cost of inspection for electricity.    
Policies have been majorly affected by government in many departments thus civil disobedience of the policies.  

Need to review, terminate or pick up a new policy.  

Age of a car does not qualify a policy if not respected by the implementer.  

Instrument on solar energy is goo but costs still remain high in rural areas in terms of accessibility, affordability and inclusiveness.  

People will prefer staying with old cars rather than a new purchase which is more expensive.  

Information on Kiira electric motors missing  

Solar subsidies have not been able to impact to the end user.  

Public transport will be on demand rather than private cars.  

Inspection costs of electricity still remain higher.  
Recruit a research officer in key ministry to address specifically policy issues.  

Give power subsidy up to the end user to encourage use of cleaner energies including LPG and hydroelectricity.  

Institute a policy mix in executing instruments.  

Evaluate identified policy instruments in terms of performance, impact and what needs to be done for robust results.  

Use of train as an alternative.  

Provide Information on Kiira electric motors and include walk -ways information in the write up.  

Include plans for geothermal.  
2. Forest loss
Providing good quality subsidized seedlings.  

Subsidizing firms that produce clean energy saving stoves.  

Continuous planting of trees by NFA.  

Resurveying, demarcating all forest reserves.  

Eviction from forest reserves. In 2020 about 200 land titles were cancelled in Mukono and Wakiso districts.    
Lack of training for Tree seedlings provision and maintenance.  

Green economy concentration in greater Kampala.  

Tree planting does not cater for management.  

Inadequate monitoring of forest resources.  

Lack of initiative to track   Green jobs.  

Inadequate financing to local governments.  

Information on local instruments missing.  

Supply – demand missing link    
Focus training on tree seedling management and integrate tree seedlings into fruit trees.  

Adopt Clean energy as multiple tool for green economy.  

Diversify green economy outside greater Kampala.  

Digitalize monitoring of forest resources.  

Track green jobs.  

Increase financing to local governments.  

Provision of information on instruments.
3. Plastic pollution
A ban on all plastics with a provision on recycling and extended producer responsibility and product storage.

Disposal of plastic wastes  
Lack of strong information models.  

Low involvement of the private sector.  

Public mindset on dangers of plastics still low.  

De-link is from the housing sector and wiring system  

Local government involvement in pollution control still wanting.  

Implementation plan not clear.
Strengthen information based instruments to model behavior and alternatives.  

Compounding private sector efforts.  

Task the local governments on pollution control.  

Policy instruments should come out clearly with implementation structure.  

Need for more reliance on the use of information-based instruments.  
IGE Fellows’ NPR discussions on Fossil fuel, Forest loss and Plastic pollution

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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