Environmental Regulation in Uganda: Successes and Challenges

Christine Echookit Akello
Senior Legal Counsel,
National Environment Management Authority,
PO Box 22255, Kampala, Uganda


The development of environmental regulatory framework in Uganda was initiated by the national environment action planning process in 1990, as a realization that environment needed special focus. As a result of the said process environmental policy and law were developed. The 1995 constitutional of the Republic of Uganda was among the first ever such constitution in the East African region to deliberately enshrine the right to a decent environment and to provide for sustainable development, in addition to the principle that natural resources are held in trust for the people and should be responsibly managed for their benefit. Following the constitution, a number of environment legislations were enacted and others were revised to take into account environmental cardinal principles and considerations, including embedding in them environmental regulatory provisions. Hence, in addition to the framework of National Environment Act, a number of environment sect oral legislation exists and environmental management is spread throughout the respective institutions responsible for aspects of the environment. It is therefore safe to say that Uganda has developed a lot of legislation on the environment but the challenge remains that of developing more regulations under the relevant parent Acts, effective monitoring and enforcement.


Environmental audit, environmental impact assessment, environmental monitoring, environmental planning, environmental regulation, National Environment Action Plan, National Environment Management Authority, National Environment Management Policy, public trust, sustainable development.


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