bujagali hydropower project

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

At Bujagali Energy Limited, we take environmental stewardship seriously. We fully appreciate the importance of the Victoria Nile River and its environs as an invaluable natural resource. That's why we're committed to preserving and enhancing the area near the hydropower project for current and future generations.

The following highlights some of the environmental mitigation and monitoring measures currently planned or underway:

  • Alternative water supplies (groundwater wells, piped water, etc.) for villages with restricted access to the river
  • Native vegetation planted on islands and riverbanks in the new Bujagali reservoir and downstream
  • Water quality monitoring during and after construction
  • Monitoring of fish stocks in the new reservoir and the downstream river, and the re-stocking of native fish species, if necessary
  • Environmental measures -- e.g., enrichment planting of forest reserves and islands -- and support of Kalagala Subtainable Management Plan
  • Alternative raft launching and exit facilities for white water rafting enterprises
  • New tourism facilities in the Bujagali area (cultural heritage facilities, dam visitors center, picnic site, etc.)
  • Traffic management, environmental monitoring and management programs to minimize the effects of construction

We're also considering additional public and private initiatives designed to protect the Kalagala Falls reserve.

Discussions were held and continue among numerous local, national and international stakeholders -- environmental and other non-government organizations, community leaders, government officials -- about the effects of the project and possible mitigation actions. This continued public consultation process will help us finalize an effective and innovative mitigation program to protect and enhance the Victoria Nile River environment.

A detailed description of the program is included in the Social & Environmental Assessment report that was filed with the Government of Uganda (National Environmental Management Authority) and prospective project lenders in December 2006. 


Global Benefits

The Bujagali Hydropower Project will reduce the emissions of greenhouse gasses in Uganda. Hydropower electricity does not cause emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2. Most electricity that is currently used in Uganda is generated by diesel and fuel oil generators, that emit considerable volumes of CO2. The electricity produced by the Bujagali Hydropower Project will replace the diesel and fuel oil electricity and hence reduce CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming.