NEMA Uganda

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is a semi-autonomous institution, established in May, 1995, under the National Environment Act, Cap. 153, and became operational in December, 1995, as the principal agency in Uganda, charged with the responsibility of coordinating, monitoring, regulating and supervising environmental management in the country. 

NEMA spearheads the development of environmental policies, laws, regulations, standards and guidelines; and guides Government on sound environment management in Uganda. In doing this, NEMA contributes to social-economic development and wise use of natural resources, focusing on providing support to Government’s main goal of ensuring sustainable development contributing to the National Vision, the National Development Plan (NDP), regional and global commitments including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


  • Client focus
  • Integrity and transparency
  • Professional motivation and commitment
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Open, cross-functional and all participatory decision making and problem solving 
  • Partnerships and collaboration
  • Passion for sustainable environment. 


The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is an autonomous institution established by the National Environment Act (NEA), Cap.153, in 1995 to coordinate, monitor, regulate and supervise all matters on environment in Uganda.


“An Efficient Agency, with People in Uganda living in a Clean, Healthy, Productive and Sustainable Environment.”


“To promote and ensure sound environment management practices for sustainable development.”


“To promote sound environment management and prudent use of environment and natural resources in Uganda”.


Development Objective

“To create, establish and maintain an efficient mechanism for sustainable environmental and natural resources management at the national, district and community levels.”