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    Group photo of activists on the launch of Women Hold up the Sky in Hoima. A Character driven film about African women who are deeply engaged in struggles to take back control of their land, their righ

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Welcome to National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) is an action organization committed to sustainable solutions to Uganda More...

NAPE Projects

  • Advocacy & Lobbying Open or Close

    NAPE serves as an important actor that gives voice to marginalized communities and the environment of Uganda. We influence national policies and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions.

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  • Extractive industries Open or Close

    Oil is not a new discovery in Uganda and NAPE has known this since its formation 15 years ago. Oil discovery in Uganda dates back into the colonial times. NAPE’s Oil Governance Programme started in 2009, starting with monitoring of oil exploration,moving to political advocacy against oil extraction activities, and continuing to the advocacy for community rights and voices now that extraction activities have begun. Below we give a more detailed explanation of the programme.

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  • Sustainability School Open or Close

    In 2010, NAPE initiated the Sustainability school approach which advocates and seeks to give the communities capacity to effectively participate in social economic and political change processes. The aim of this school is the transfer of power from dominant groups to the poor, marginalized disadvantaged and disenfranchised who are always the majority. It is a problem solving mechanism using an andragogical learning methodology.

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  • Water Governance Open or Close

    NAPE work on water governance includes advocating for rights to water and sanitation in here this is done through engaging government of Uganda to formulate policies and legislations that promote the rights to water and sanitation.

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  • Land Grabbing Open or Close

    We are looking at protecting the rights of communities affected by big infrastructure development. Principal examples include:

    • Palm oil plantations in Kalangala
    • Oil extraction near Lake Albert
    • Exotic tree plantations for carbon trading near Bukaleba (eastern Uganda) and Kikonda Forest Reserve (western)Read More
  • Ecosystems Restoration Open or Close

    In our Ecosystems Alliance Programme we aim to empower communities for sustainable Natural Resource Management in the Albertine Rift. The programme is implemented by 3 consortium organizations i.e. National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), Uganda Wildlife Society (UWS) and Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO). NAPE doubles as the Country Coordinating Institution. The Programme began in December 2011 and will run up to the close of June 2015.

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  • Chemicals Management Open or Close

    NAPE intensifies campaign on safe use of chemicals

    The National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) with support from the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is carrying out a campaign on sound management of chemicals and wastes in Uganda. The campaign focuses mainly on the safe use of chemicals in the tannery Industry, Agro chemicals, waste management, chemicals in consumer products and mercury use in the artisanal gold mining targeting different categories of people.  Awareness raising materials have been developed to propel this campaign. This campaign is a continuous effort of NAPE to raise awareness on the impacts of chemicals on human health and the environment and to empower consumers with information on chemicals and good practices regarding use and management of chemicals.   The following materials have been developed in line with this campaign.

  • Communication and publication Open or Close

    In the Amplifying Voices project NAPE works to give a voice to communities affected by oil so that they can represent their interests to the government, corporations, and other parties involved in oil extraction in their areas.

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Friends of the Earth Norway visits Friends of the Earth Uganda in a knowledge sharing experience targeting extractives
FoE Norway FoE Uganda Exchange


Young Friends of the Earth Norway (YFOEN) visited Friends of the Earth Uganda on a mission to establish how grassroots communities were copying with the challenges associated with extractives.

Martine Solberg represented YFOEN and she was in Uganda from the 23rd July to 2nd August ,2017. She was received by National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) also known as FoE Uganda and conducted to different places where there are extractives. The main aim of the knowledge sharing visit was building the capacity of the youth to engage effectively in the environmental justice struggles across the regions and to strengthen the relationship between these two partners.

In the oil rich district of Hoima, Ms. Solberg attended an experience sharing meeting of Community Educators from different parts of the Albertine region working under the NAPE initiated Sustainability School programme in Uganda. The educators talked about the challenges they were facing ever since oil was discovered in their area in 2006. Some of these challenges included land grabbing, violent evictions and displacements, harassment from government security agencies in the name of protecting oil installations and environmental degradation. They talked about how under the Sustainability school approach, they had been sensitized on how to work together to tackle the above challenges. They talked about how working with a common voice had helped them be heard by government officials and how they were now as communities making it hard for speculators to grab their land. They said that the community Green Radio established by NAPE in the area in 2014 had greatly helped in amplifying their voices and bringing them close to their leaders.

Solberg and the other educators were taken on a tour of demonstration gardens for indigenous seed varieties and traditional granaries set up by members of Butimba and Kigaaga Sustainability villages as part of the food sovereignty campaign also being spearheaded by NAPE in the region.
Solberg was able to share with the sustainability school activists the Norwegian experience. She said that much as they don’t have land grabbing in their country, they also have challenges of the government coming up with initiatives for exploiting natural resources which are not environmentally friendly.

“For years, we members of the civil society in Norway have been resisting our government plans to drill oil in sensitive fish breeding grounds that have for ages been the source of livelihoods and survival for indigenous communities. These grounds include the Lofoten Islands,” she said.
Martine said that she was so much inspired by the work of community educators and that she was privileged to learn about NAPE’s work with the communities.
“After listening to all of you sharing the work your doing in the different sustainability villages, am so inspired and happy to say that we are engaged in similar campaigns only that we are operating in different contexts’. She said that their campaign of “Leave oil in the Ocean” had similar objectives with FoE Uganda’s campaign of, “Leave oil in the Soil”
Solberg said that it was important to involve the youth early in Sustainable development processes and was happy that FoE Uganda had already embarked on that process.

“The involvement of the youth in the struggles for environmental justice, starts with us acquiring knowledge and experience from within and outside our countries, thank you so much for allowing me to learn from you on the amazing work that you are doing in Uganda”, Martine said.
Rev. Musiimenta of Butimba sustainability village said they were pleased by the realisation that they were not the only ones in the struggle for the rights of grassroots communities. “I am surprised that oil is still a problem to even countries that have been producing it for a long time and have a lot of money like Norway. But the fact that there are other activists like you in other parts of the world fighting for environmental and social justice gives a lot of hope and courage to carry on,” he said

The experience sharing meeting in Hoima was preceded by a field visit to the Gold mining areas of Mubende District in central Uganda. Martine together with Peruth Atukwatse who coordinates the Erasmus project at NAPE visited the gold-mining area for an exploratory study on Artisanal small-scale mining in Uganda under the Mercury free Gold mining project.

Martine visited NAPE under the ERASMUS project. The Erasmus project brings together youths from African and European regions that are partners to Friends of the Earth to strengthen the Youth Environmental Justice movement, both internally in FoEI and externally with Youth Social and Environmental Justice allies.
The project is an opportunity to strengthen relationships and ways of working across the European and African regions, and supporting the active engagement of young people in decision-making.

By Peruth Atukwatse