Based on earlier public discussions on oil and gas, it is observed that environmental safeguards may not be addressing environmental issues explicitly. However, more time and resources may be needed to enable gather information on effects of Oil and Gas exploration on environment.
This public lecture was held on Thursday, 6th September 2012 at the Uganda Museum. The lecture focused on The Oil and Gas exploration and environmental safe guards in oil rich Albertine Rift region - Uganda.
Oil exploration and development will inevitably attract more industries and urban growth; this will have resultant impacts that will in the long term affect ecosystems and land cover and the species that are associated with these. In such a scenario the long term survival of wildlife or biodiversity as a whole will rely on exercising best practices in managing environmental aspects within the oil and gas regions.
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) on behalf of Government of Uganda is the focal institution with the mandate of coordinating, monitoring, supervising and regulating environmental matters in the country.
The Guest presenter Dr.Tom Okurut, the Executive Director, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) gave an insight into the institutional framework for the management of environmental aspects of oil & gas. Click for the full presentation.(PDF)
Mr Henry Bazira, the Executive Director, Water Governance Institute (WGI) & Chairperson, Civil Society Coalition on Oil & Gas (CSCO) presented the Civil Society’s Concerns on Uganda’s Oil Industry.