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The Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) is a network of more than 30 active NGOs dedicated to coordinate advocacy and lobby work around issues and commitments made by world governments towards sustainable development, inspired by the Civil Society Project for preparation of the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, attended by 104 Heads of State (including Uganda). Uganda is therefore a signatory to the Summit outcomes - the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI), and the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development.
UCSD wishes to register its appreciation for the Save Mabira Campaign against the proposed degazettement for sugar cane growing, which would work against Section 44 of the JPOI that targets to achieve, by 2010, a significant reduction in the current loss of biological diversity, bearing in mind that for Uganda, the cost of natural resource damage is as high as 17% of gross national income per year (PEAP, 2007/8). In addition areas around Lake Victoria are
already contributing to nutrient enrichment and water pollution problems because of watershed degradation (UNDP, 2005). However, we would also like to openly express our dissatisfaction with the violent actions that occurred on April 12, which swayed away an otherwise noble cause and portrayed it as a negative force to investor security and economic development