DEVELOPMENT OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY ATLAS OF ALBERTINE GRABEN
Within the context of creating a framework for economic growth and transformation, Uganda is seeking to develop its energy sector so as to reduce on the oil import bill, which is the largest for the economy, by actively pursuing the development of the petroleum potential in the western part of Uganda - the Albertine Graben. This development activity provides a risk for oil spill with potential to result in serious damage to the sensitive ecology along the coastline of Lake Albert and the entire Albertine Graben. The government is committed to addressing both the environmental concerns and the energy needs of the country. Hence the need to develop a management tool to minimise the environmental impact of any accidental spills in the coastal area of Lake Albert and the rest of the Albertine Graben. These management tools are an Oil Spill Contingency Plan and an Environmental Sensitivity Mapping.