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Using Data in sustainable exploitation and Management of Natural Resources: Sharing Environmental Data progress made in Uganda /Richard Waiswa


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Presented during Uganda Open Data/Open Science National Dialogue 25-26 April 2018.

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Using Data in sustainable exploitation and Management of Natural Resources: Sharing Environmental Data progress made in Uganda /Richard Waiswa

  1. 1. Using Data in sustainable exploitation and Management of Natural Resources: Sharing Environmental Data progress made in Uganda National Dialogue on Mainstreaming Open Data Access and Use in Uganda 25th-26April 2018 Richard Waiswa, NEMA National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 1
  2. 2. Presentation Layout 1. NEMA’s Mandate 2. Core Values 3. Vision 4. Environmental Statistics 5. Progress made in Uganda on Data 6. What NEMA has done 7. Way Forward National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 2
  3. 3. NEMA’s Mandate  The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is a semi-autonomous institution, established in May, 1995, under the National Environment Act, Cap. 153,  As the principal agency in Uganda, charged with the responsibility of coordinating, monitoring, regulating and supervising environmental management in the country. National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 3
  4. 4. Core Values  Client focus  Integrity and transparency  Professional motivation and commitment  Innovation and creativity  Open, cross-functional and all participatory decision making and problem solving  Partnerships and collaboration  Passion for sustainable environment. National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 4
  5. 5.  Vision “An Efficient Agency, with People in Uganda living in a Clean, Healthy, Productive and Sustainable Environment.”  Mission “To promote and ensure sound environment management practices for sustainable development.”  Goal “To promote sound environment management and prudent use of environment and natural resources in Uganda”. National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 5
  6. 6. Environmental Statistics  Environmental statistics are important in the monitoring sustainable development goals.  In Uganda, environment statistics is generated, collected and stored by different MDAs during their delivery of services to the population. National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 6
  7. 7. Progress Made in Uganda  Developed Compendium of Environment Statistics  Developed National Action Plan for Development of Environment Statistics in Uganda  Developed Sources of Environment Statistics in Uganda Report.  Developed National Environment Statistical Metadata Dictionary National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 7
  8. 8. Progress Made in Uganda  Developed Compendium of Environment Statistics  This report gives a snap shot of the descriptive analysis of the different variables in each component and their comparison with the international sources like the EAC compendium of statistics. Components under Compendium of Environment Statistics  component one deals with environmental conditions and quality  Component two is about environmental resources and their use  component three is about residuals to the environment  component four is about natural extreme events and disasters  component five is about human settlements and environmental health  component six is about environmental protection National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 8
  9. 9. Conceptual Framework of Environment Statistics in Uganda National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 9
  10. 10. Objectives of the development plan for environment statistics  To improve institutional coordination to harmonize and integrate environment data from the different MDAs.  To build capacity at the national level to clearly define environment statistics indicators and data to be produced by the different MDAs and Local Governments (LGs).  To develop standardized data collection tools, and survey framework to support environment statistics at all levels of government.  To build capacity to analyze environment statistics to reflect policy issues and inter linkages to economic and social issues.  To mobilize financial resources for MDAs and Local Governments that could be used to collect, compile and retrieve environment statistics in Uganda National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 10
  11. 11. Statistical sources of environment statistics in Uganda Category of Data Sources  Administrative records: Statistical compilation of previous records obtained during execution of the mandate of MDAs and Local governments: Example include Exports, imports, budget allocations, stocks of natural resources among others.  Monitoring system: These are data collected through systems that have been installed in specific places to monitor changes in weather partners, levels of pollution.  Remote sensing and validation: These are advanced monitoring systems using satellite images to capture changes in the atmosphere, land use change etc.  Censuses: These are general purpose tools for complete enumeration of the population with some aspects of the environment included in the instrument  Surveys: These are national tools designed to check effectiveness of service delivery and status of the population at large National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 11
  12. 12. National Environment Statistical Metadata Dictionary The Meta data documentation is aimed at identifying national data sources for environment statistics, its compilation processes and suggestions for future improvement.  The primary role of metadata is to facilitate appropriate interpretation of Environment Statistics (ES) by both users and producers of data in the National Statistical System (NSS) and information sharing.  To effect the efforts of improving environment statistics in Uganda, stock- taking of the existing data in MDAs, by defining the related environment statistical terms (indicators) and methods, strengthening data bases (management information systems), and developing metadata dictionary National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 12
  13. 13. Structure of the metadata tool The format requires information about the  Indicator on all components; however, this varies across indicators. Each indicator consists of the following information;  Indicator name  Indicator Definition  Standard classifications and manual followed.  Unit of Measure  Disaggregation  Compilation practices  Sources of data  Computation method  Accessibility and availability of data  Periodicity of Production  Comments and limitations  Sources of Discrepancies between National and International figures National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 13
  14. 14. What NEMA has Achieved NEMA through different projects has managed to implement open Data Sharing platform  Clearing House Mechanism for Biodiversity –CHM :  Biodiversity Financing Initiatives- BIOFIN : The initiative aims to enable governments to construct a sound business case for increasing investment in the sustainable and equitable management, protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems.  Strengthening Oil for Development Programme  Environmental Impact Assessment :  The portals for Sharing Maps  The EIN Clearing House Mechanism :  Connect Project : Streamline information as a heart for Decision making in Uganda National Environment management Authority (NEMA) 14
  15. 15. Way forward for Uganda  Developed reports should be printed, disseminated to all stakeholders  Need to develop Integrated systems for sharing  Partnership in Data collection and sharing to be strengthened  Increased usage of this data for research and funding  Creating awareness to all stakeholders and community on the existing data  Need to develop a programme to an integrated all data in Uganda National Environment management Authority (NEMA) 15
  16. 16. National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 16 Thank you for your attention