July - September 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to the September edition of the NEMA quarterly newsletter. At the end of the last quarter, we commemorated the World Environment Day (WED) 2021. Our newsletter then announced that Dr. Tom O. Okurut would be stepping down as Executive Director (ED) of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA). And indeed this happened. As we publish this edition today, NEMA is under the leadership of Dr. Barirega Akankwasah, the new ED of the Authority who took office on September 1, 2021.

Using Natural Capital Accounts for Green Growth in Uganda

Uganda is a regional leader in shaping strategies for inclusive green growth – developing ways of better mobilising the rich natural capital that directly and indirectly supports livelihoods and economic growth. The country produced a Green Growth Development Strategy in 2017 that emphasises the importance of managing natural capital for key sectors, and notably agriculture, tourism, energy, transport, and city development.

National State of Environment Report; 2018-2019

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), in accordance with the National Environment Act No. 5 of 2019, is obliged to produce the National State of the Environment Report (NSOER) every two years.

The NSOER aims to inform the public about the state of the environment in the country; the importance of the environment and natural resources in the development process and their value to society; its trends and projections; the key issues; challenges; and opportunities for improvement.


To ensure environmental, health and social considerations are taken into account, established environmental and social assessment tools at the project level need to be complemented by approaches fully adapted to policies, plans and programmes. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) meets this need. SEA provides a practical and direct means of progressing the Green Growth Development Strategy and Sustainable Development Goals. Indeed, the National Development Plan (NDP III) provides for the achievement of sustainability goals embedded in these macro-economic strategic documents.

NEMA Newsletter; January-March 2020

In December 2019, Hon. Beatrice Atim Anywar was appointed Minister of State for Environment. Over the years Hon. Anywar has made her mark as a staunch advocate for
environment. In February NEMA was honored to host the newly appointed Minister of State for Environment. Hon. Anywar was briefed about the operations of NEMA on roles,achievements and the challenges. The details of the ministerial visit are in our lead story for this issue of the NEMA Newsletter.