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NATURAL RESOURCE ASPECTS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN UGANDA

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INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

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This information is based on Uganda's submission to the 5th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, April 1997. Last update: 1 April 1997

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TRADE

Status

Uganda is a member of the Preferential Trade Area (PTA) and the newly formed Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA). For Uganda, as for other developing countries, trade conditions are still unfavourable. The Government looks forward to improved and fair terms of trade to the benefit of all countries and, in particular, developing countries.

At the national level, trade and the provision of services have been liberalised. Marketing of agricultural products is now fully in the hands of the private sector. Uganda is preparing a study on Trade and Environment.

Cooperation

Uganda is a member of the East African Cooperation (EAC) which is an Intergovernmental Organisation established to steer the newly rekindled spirit of cooperation between the republics of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

This information is based on Uganda's submission to the 5th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, April 1997. Last update: 1 April 1997

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CHANGING CONSUMPTION PATTERNS

Status

In general, changing consumption patterns is not a priority in Uganda, but steps have been taken to reduce energy consumption through the use and promotion of energy saving technologies such as energy-saving cooking stoves.

This information is based on Uganda's submission to the 5th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, April 1997. Last update: 1 April 1997

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FINANCING

Status

The implementation of programmes at the national and regional levels relies on external resources and, at present, Uganda is a recipient of ODA. However, as the country's economy improves, Uganda will be able to take up its share of the burden.

Since 1992, the Government received the following new and additional funding for sustainable development:

Grants received:

Loans received:

Debt SWAP

Uganda also provided the following for sustainable development from the National budget :

While fees and royalties for forest, hunting, fisheries and products have been reviewed, environmental taxes or other economic instruments for sustainable development have not been introduced.

This information is based on Uganda's submission to the 5th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, April 1997. Last update: 1 April 1997

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TECHNOLOGY

Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technology

Decision-Making

Strategies, policies and plans

The National Environment Management Policy states that new investments must respect environmentally-friendly principles and a tax exemption has been introduced for new investments.

Status

The establishment of councils for science and technology is a step towards creating environmentally sound technology centres focusing on appropriate technology. All technology cooperation programmes stress the appropriateness of technology. Environmental concerns are slowly becoming issues. An assessment was carried out on energy technology options covering issues of affordability, availability, accessibility, cost-effectiveness and environmental impacts.

Capacity-building, Education, Training and Awareness-raising

Most programmes that have been developed after UNCED are based on national demands, but the participation of national professionals in their implementation is marginalised in preference for external experts. This undermines local capacity-building. The conditions attached to the funding related to purchase and recruitment of personnel for projects mostly favour the country of origin.

In 1994, the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) and UNIDO held a training for trainers workshop for technology options, negotiation and acquisition.

Challenges

Uganda has not yet adequately benefited from the transfer of appropriate, affordable and environmentally friendly technology, and capacity building is particularly needed in the following areas:

Information

Information is available on technology in general. There is no differentiation between sound and un-sound technology. The Government proposes to carry out and publish such differentiation for technologies. Sources for information on environmentally sound technology are:

Cooperation

The Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) cooperates with science and technology councils in Kenya and Tanzania and in other developing countries through the Commonwealth Science Council.

This information is based on Uganda's submission to the 5th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, April 1997. Last update: 1 April 1997

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Biotechnology

Decision-Making

At the national level, an interministerial committee addresses requirements for safe handling and risk management of biotechnologies. At the community level, safety issues are discussed in community meetings. Current projects are trying to make cassava resistant to the mosaic virus and getting higher yields from beans and making them resistant to local pests and diseases.

The National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), which has 154 staff members and a budget in 1994/95 of US$ 1.56 billion, addresses biotechnology issues. It has six research institutes:

Strategies, policies and plans

Policies addressing biotechnology are in place, but they have not been reviewed since UNCED. Some traditional technologies of indigenous people are recognized in policies. TV and radio programmes address biotechnology issues.

Cooperation

Uganda is a member of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA).

This information is based on Uganda's submission to the 5th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, April 1997. Last update: 1 April 1997

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INDUSTRY

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TRANSPORT

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SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

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