World Wetlands Day 2010: Some Human Pressures on Wetlands Can be Halted! This year’s theme for the World Wetlands Day is Caring for wetlands – Answer to climate change. According to the Ahmed Djoghlaf (Executive Secretary of the CBD), this theme highlights the opportunity to manage biodiversity wisely to help us cope with an environmental issue at the forefront of the public and political agendas. Thus, wetlands must be a key part of any progress in global climate change issues (Ramsar Secretariat, 2010)

G8 comes up short on climate The Group of Eight (G8) is an informal group of eight of the world's leading economic powers: Canada, France, United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Japan, and Italy. The annual summit is a chance for the leaders of the G8 countries to meet face-to-face and develop common approaches to urgent challenges facing the world. The G8 has evolved from a forum dealing largely with macroeconomic issues to an annual meeting with a broad-based agenda addressing a wide range of international economic, political, and social issues.

SusWatch at the 4th East African Civil Society Organizations’ Forum in Arusha The East African Civil Society Organisations’ Forum (EACSOF) is a network of legally-registered CSOs whose major aims are to promote an East African society based on friendship, solidarity and mutual respect; that endeavours to build an independent, self-reliant economy; upholds respect of human rights; fosters healthy traditions and cultural norms; and fights for democracy, rule of law, social justice, good governance and people-centred development and protects the interests of the citizens in the region.

Restrictive CSO regulatory framework enacted: What is the future of NGO work in Uganda? Following the enactment of the repressive NGO registration (Amendment) Act 2006 that recognises less contribution of the NGO sector in Uganda, and similar regulations developed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in 2007, Civil Society Organizations in Uganda are raising voices this week to once again draw the country’s attention to the consequences of this law and the proposed NGO regulations.

Civil Society Discussion Paper No.3: Effects of the drop in Lake Victoria water levels on the livelihoods of selected communities in Kalangala Islands (Uganda), Busia (Kenya), and Bukoba (Tanzania) The drop in the water levels of Lake Victoria has been a subject of discussion at different levels in East Africa. However, the impact of this situation on communities at the local level in fisheries, water supply, transport and health has not yet been fully understood. The drop in the water levels of Lake Victoria has been a subject of discussion at different levels in East Africa.

Ugandan CSOs hold consultative meeting with LVBC in Kampala, April 30, 2009 A National consultative meeting between Ugandan Civil Society Organizations and the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) attended by 35 participants was held on April 30, 2009 at Hotel Triangle -Kampala.

Growing famine and hunger around us: Beyond handouts It is clear that the food situation in East Africa is worsening as evidenced in media reports since the start of 2009. For example, according to The Sundaynews of Tanzania, while closing the 16th session of the National Assembly at the end of last week, Tanzanian Prime Minister – The Rt. Hon Mizengo Pinda, warned of a looming famine in Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Manyara, Tabora, Tanga, Ruvuma, Morogoro and Coast regions. Other regions that could face a similar predicament include Shinyanga, Mwanza, and Mara

SusWatch at the 2nd World Agroforestry Conference in Nairobi August 23 – 28, 2009 Agroforestry began to attain prominence in the late 1970s, when the international scientific community realized its potentials in the tropics and recognized it as a practice in search of science. During the 1990s, the relevance of agroforestry for solving problems related to deterioration of family farms, increased soil erosion, surface and ground water pollution, and decreased biodiversity was recognized in the industrialized nations too.

World Fisheries Day marked in Lake Victoria In the middle of a breath-taking open air pristine tropical forest setting, the World Fisheries Day (WFD) 2008 was held in Kalangala Islands in the Middle of Lake Victoria in Uganda. The WFD is celebrated annually on November 21st worldwide each year, but the Regional WFD for East Africa organised by LAVNET – East Africa and Kalangala NGO Forum was celebrated on 18th December 2008 on the theme: Prosperity for All through Government and Fishers’ Responsiveness in Fishery Resources Management.

East African SusWatch attends the EAC Common Market negotiations in Kigali Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya and Uganda are Parties to the Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community and undertake to establish among themselves a Common Market as a transitional stage to and integral part of the community. The Partner states agreed in the initial meetings to establish the East African Community Common Market. The overall objective of the Common Market is to widen and deepen cooperation among the partner states in the economic and social fields.


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