Civil society participation in the policy and law making process is necessary in
environmental management as it ensures the consideration and inclusion of the views of
those affected by decisions made by the state. Despite the recognition of the importance of participation, it is not clear what role Civil society organisations(CSOs) in Uganda have actually played in the formulation of environmental policies and laws. The aim of this research therefore is to analyse the participatory role played by CSOs in these processes.
The study is conducted around the conceptual framework of participation in environmental
management as a part of the broader notion of participatory governance as a necessary
element for the consolidation of democracy. It studies the role of civil society actors working in the area of environmental rights and protection in the formulation of environmental policy and law. The time frame is from the advent of the Constitution and National Environmental Management Act both enacted in 1995 which provide the overall legal framework for environmental policy and law and for participation in its formulation.
Dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Law University of Pretoria, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Masters of Law (LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa). Prepared under the supervision of S Tindifa, Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda
Thesis (LLM (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa))--University of Pretoria, 2008.