ESIA in Uganda was first legislated in 1995, through the National Environment Act (NEA Cap 153). In March 2019, the new National Environment Act 2019 came into force. The Act contains provisions for SEA (Article 47) and for ESIA (Articles 110 to 116). The Act also contains schedules indicating projects that are subject to project briefs (Schedule 4), projects that require full ESIA (Schedule 5), sensitive areas that may lead to a full ESIA (Schedule 10) and projects that are exempt from ESIA (Schedule 11). The ESIA regulations have recently (December 2020) been revised and approved to be in line with the new Act. SEA regulations have been approved in April 2020 and SEA guidelines are also available. There is ample ESIA practice in Uganda and growing SEA practice. The National Environmental Management Authority is the coordinating, monitoring, regulatory and supervisory body. There is a certification system for ESIA consultants.
The National Environment (Environmental and Social) Regulations 2020, no. 143, 21th December 2020
Webpages | 17-04-2023
ESY MAP - Uganda
After three days of mapping the ESIA system, 25 enthusiastic staff members of NEMA formulated recommendations to improve Ugandan's ESIA practice.
Webpages | 12-12-2022
The NCEA regularly contributes to publications related to ESIA and SEA. For example some recent publications are...
Webpages | 11-04-2022
Highlights and recommendations: review of three ESIA's - Uganda
Experiences and lessons learnt ESIA review have been documented in a case study.
Webpages | 23-03-2021
Two new colleagues at the NCEA!
is with great pleasure that we welcome two new colleagues to our international team...
Webpages | 01-03-2021
Publication on EA and landscape management also in French and Spanish
Our recent publication with ten cases on ESIA and SEA in landscape management is now also available in French and Spanish. Shared Resources,…
Webpages | 26-11-2020
Publication: 10 cases of the SRJS programme!
In a new publication, the NCEA together with SRJS presents an overview of ten cases on ESIA and SEA in landscape management, from ten countries across…
Webpages | 19-10-2020
New! SEA guidelines Uganda
Following the approval of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulation in March 2020, NEMA published the SEA guidelines.
Webpages | 15-07-2019
Recommendations for the ESIA for East African oil pipeline - Uganda
Fort Portal, 1-5 July - The NCEA presented its review findings of the ESIA for the Ugandan part of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). A…
Webpages | 23-04-2019
Oil impacts, districts are prepared - Uganda
Kampala/Hoima - What are the impacts of oil developments in your district? And how can local government authorities respond to them through their role…
Webpages | 25-03-2019
Review ESIA Kingfisher oil development - Uganda
24-28 February, Hoima - The Kingfisher oil development project is located at the borders of Lake Albert, Uganda, and consists of oil production…
Webpages | 11-03-2019
National SEA seminars
In the past weeks, the NCEA staff joined SIDA/Niras in some of their closing seminars of the international Strategic Environmental Assessment training…
Webpages | 21-09-2018
SEA and ESIA in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth Landscapes in Uganda
Hoima, Uganda, 3-5 sept. 2018. How does SEA/ESIA contribute to environmental management and their application in the gas and oil sector in Uganda?…
Webpages | 12-07-2018
Review ESIA oil/gas Albertine Graben, Uganda
Hoima, Uganda 2-5 July 2018. Since the discovery of oil and gas resources in the Albertine Graben in the early 2000’s, the Tilenga project will be…
Webpages | 27-09-2017
Working visit of NEMA Uganda team
The Ugandan environmental authority (NEMA) is currently reviewing the scoping report and Terms of Reference for a complex ESIA. This ESIA concerns the…
Webpages | 12-04-2017
Mobilising civil society for new SEA regulations in Uganda
Civil society organisations play a key role in mobilising stakeholders around ESIA and SEA. In the current development of SEA regulations and guidelines…
Webpages | 12-04-2017
Workshop on ESIA review in Uganda
Projects in the petroleum sector often have a variety of environmental and social effects. These effects are addressed in ESIAs. To judge whether or not…
Webpages | 27-02-2017
SEA conference in Uganda
The NCEA contributed to Uganda’s first National Conference on SEA by presenting two Dutch SEA cases. The conference took place on 13-17 February…
Webpages | 11-05-2015
Improving EIA regulations and drafting SEA regulations in Uganda
The NCEA visited Uganda from 25 April to 2 May to support the update of its EIA regulations and the drafting of SEA regulations. The work on the EIA…
Webpages | 17-03-2015
NCEA contributions for update of Uganda’s EIA regulations
The NCEA supports the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) in Uganda in updating its EIA and Audits regulations. It participated in a…
Webpages | 16-01-2015
Norwegian - Dutch donor coordination: EIA/SEA in the oil and gas sector
Olso, Norway - 16th of January 2015. The NCEA met with the Norwegian Environmental Agency (NEA). The NEA is a key implementing party of the Norwegian…
Webpages | 25-09-2014
Learning-by-doing: EIA review in Cameroon and Uganda
Following up on a previous workshop in Uganda, Cameroonian and Ugandan EIA experts re-examined in a two day workshop eight EIA reports for oil/gas and…
Webpages | 16-07-2014
How effective is EIA in Cameroon and Uganda?
The Environmental Impact Assessment Enhancement project in Uganda and Cameroon started this month with a consultative workshop.