NEMA Newsletter; January - March 2021

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has issued a total of 406 certificates during the October–December, 2020 Quarter. This is an increase from the 323 certificates issued during the July–September, 2020 Quarter, and the 265 issued during the January–March Quarter of the same year.

Our lead story gives the details, explaining how this development came about, and the type of documents developers are required to submit to inform the approvals. In that Quarter, 486 project briefs and Environmental Impact and Social Assessments were submitted to the Authority by developers.

On other pages we carry a number of stories that impact our environment. We look at fish kills on Lake Victoria and explore reasons that try to explain what went wrong in the fishing industry. Initially, the dead fish were an eye sore to the communities,
but as the numbers of fish being washed ashore kept growing, the assumption by members of the community was that the Lake is contaminated by poisonous chemicals.

Last Quarter, Covid-19 was still raging, as it is now, although with unreliably smaller cases being reported. Despite the turbulent times, some education institutions continue to show resilience in the face of Covid-19. This story highlights the fact
that many schools in Moroto District are continuing to manage their environment well despite the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 scourge.

The newsletter also captures the recent rise of Lake Victoria’s water levels and the need to plan appropriately if both people and the lake are to harmoniously continue living side by side. There are more positives still around. For instance, in Bukomansimbi District, an indigenous non-government organisation, Kirinda Youth Environmental Protection and Poverty Alleviation Programme Uganda (KYEMPAPU), is
up and about, running in support of education for sustainable development.

Many schools in the district have reason to smile after Kyempapu came to their aid in planting fruit trees, managing their waste, and harvesting water, among others.
In the Quarter, NEMA continued to sensitize Ugandans on their role in environment management.

We engaged journalists from Busoga sub-region on how to report stories that directly
impact the environment. More nationally, we bring to you the story of how Uganda is attempting to account for the flows and stocks of natural capital and their link to socioeconomic development.

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