East Africa Transboundary Ecosystem Bill passed
The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) passed a crucial law to regulate management of transboundary ecosystems in East Africa. The Transboundary Ecosystems Management Bill 2010 was passed on 31 January 2012 in Kampala, Uganda. EALA is the legislative arm of the East African Community (EAC), a regional block bringing together Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. The passing of the bill was confirmed by the Hon. Dr George Nangale, former Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Tourism at EALA, who also tabled the bill in 2008. The bill requires Environmental Impact Assessment for projects with impacts of a trans-boundary nature, making it mandatory for countries to consult and share information. Projects of a trans-boundary nature such as the Serengeti Highway in Tanzania; the Bujagali power plant in Uganda on Lake Victoria; and the railway line from Lamu in Kenya to Southern Sudan will now have to be subjected to thorough vetting. See Birdlife’s blog welcoming the passing this law and explaining its importance.
From report in WISP Newsletter Jan–Feb 2012.