National Environment Management Authority

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is a semi-autonomous institution, established in May 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).

As a regulatory agency, the authority of NEMA is embedded in the National Environment Act No.5, 2019


  • 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 Act, No 5 of 2019 stipulates the mandate of NEMA as the principal agency in Uganda responsible for the management of the environment by coordinating, monitoring and supervising all activities in teh field of environment.


“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.”

 Strategic Objectives

  • Enhancement of environmental compliance and enforcement
  • Environmental integration at national and local government level
  • Increasing and enhancing access to environmental information, education, awareness and public participation
  • Strengthening the institutional capacity of NEMA to execute its mangate; and,
  • Creating and  enhancing national, regional and international partnerships and networking for effective environment management and sustainable development