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  1. In conformity to the National Environment Act. Cap. 153 and EIA Regulations, 1998, the SGR Project conducted Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) for the SGR Eastern, Western and Northern routes. The ESIA for the SGR Eastern route was submitted to the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and an ESIA Certificate of approval issued i.e. ESIA certificate No. 0007815 issued on 29th September, 2015. The ESIAs for the SGR Northern and Western Routes shall be submitted to NEMA for approval by December 2017.
  2. The SGR Eastern route traverses several wetlands in the districts of Tororo, Butaleja, Namutumba, Luuka, Mayuge, Iganga, Jinja, Buikwe, Mukono and Kampala. To date, the SGR Project has acquired 53km right-of-way corridor through wetlands along the SGR eastern route. In this regard, the SGR Project acquired 11 wetland user permits from NEMA for permission to traverse the affected wetlands, in accordance with the national Environment (Wetlands, riverbanks and lakeshores) Management Regulations, 2000.
  3. The SGR Project has developed an internal Environment Safeguards Policy and Strategy. The strategy presents a proactive tool that will be used to adequately address and mitigate the environmental risks and effects that are likely to arise from the construction and operation phases of the project.
  4. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Forestry Authority (NFA)
    The SGR Project signed a MoU with the NFA on the 7th July, 2016 for the acquisition of the right of way (ROW) through Central Forest Reserves (CFRs) of Tororo (Blocks 2 and 4), Busembatya, Walugogo, Namafuma, Kimaka, Namanve and Nakawa CFRs. The objective of this MoU is to provide a framework for the acquisition of the right-of-way corridor of 60 meter width through the above-mentioned CFRs.
  5. Preparation specific environment management plans (EMPs) for the Eastern route
    The Project is in the process of developing specific EMPs and environment checklists to be used for compliance monitoring during construction. The specific EMPs shall cover thematic areas including waste management, biodiversity protection, water quality, noise and vibration management, erosion and sedimentation control, air quality management, environment emergency response management.
  6. Preparation of the Minimum Environmental requirements for Site Construction camps
    The Project is also developing a guidance document on the minimum environmental requirements for site construction camps. The document shall address key environmental issues in the selection, establishment and operation of the site construction camps and further provide guidance to the employer and contractor in ensuring that all the construction camps are established and maintained in accordance with the national environmental laws and standards.