Donors want MPs to speed up Climate Change law

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Development partners have asked Parliamentarians to popularize the proposed law that seeks to regulate activities on natural resources to have it expeditiously enacted into law.
The Environment Ministry presented the draft Bill, which provides that a person who refuses to give access to an authorized officer of the department who has requested access to any land or premises commits an offence.

According to the National Climate Change Bill 2017, polluters of the environment will be liable to compensate people who suffer loss or damage as a result of their acts and omissions.
The proposed law empowers the High Court to issue orders to prevent, stop or discontinue the act or omission that is subject to the case and also to compel government to take measures to reverse the act that was omitted.

Ms Cotilda Nakyeyune, the senior programme officer at the International Union for Conservation of Nature, suggested that the ideas generated during consultation be included in the Bill before it is finalised.

“We want to see the Bill shaped to acceptable status. We need support to position climate change sector in order to attract funding and one way to advocate for this is by way of having a law in place,” she added. The development partners were speaking at the end of year dinner in Kampala on Tuesday.

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