Uganda needs a rethink of its oil and gas aspirations

16th September 2022 – On Wednesday, the European Parliament passed an important resolution thatofficially recognizes the catastrophic climate and environmental risks posed by the construction of the EastAfrican Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).

The resolution urged TotalEnergies to postpone the project, to enable feasibility studies to explore an alternative route to safeguard protected and sensitive ecosystems and the water resources of Uganda and Tanzania. This would reduce the potential vulnerability of watersheds in the African Green Lakes Region.

“We welcome the position taken by the European parliament on safeguarding critical ecosystems and local livelihoods in both Uganda and Tanzania. In addition to that, the envisaged costs of EACOP are prohibitive,and will not be a good return on investments to transform the livelihoods of the most vulnerable people in the region”.- said Dr. Mao Amis , the Executive Director of the African Centre for a Green Economy

EACOP which will be the longest heated crude oil pipeline in the world, will lead to approximately 12,000 families being displaced from their ancestral lands. There is ongoing massive destruction of farmlands whichare a source of income and food to most people living in these communities. Worse off, locals still report thatno fair and adequate compensation has been paid to them as they continue living an uncertain future.

Dr. Mao Amis , adds that “with existing challenges of poor governance and lack of capacity, Uganda’s oil will not extensively contribute to solving the country’s socio-economic challenges as envisioned. Besides that,Uganda’s oil risks being a stranded asset in the future which will lead to significant losses for the government.

‘’Failure to acknowledge this risk is not only detrimental to Uganda’s development aspirations, but will reverse the gains that have been achieved thus far”.