Uganda Water and Environment Week (UWEWK) is a weeklong event that is organized annually by Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), spearheaded by Water Resources Institute (WRI). Since its initiation in 2018, the event seeks to contribute towards the attainment of Sustainable Socio-economic Transformation in collaboration with various partners and stakeholders. It provides an interface for sector actors and other stakeholders for knowledge exchange and improvement of Uganda’s water and environment resources
Water and Environment week 2019
Theme: “Water and Environment a strategic driver in attainment of Sustainable Development Goals 2030”
Date: Monday 18 – Friday 22, March 2019
Venue Water Resource Institute in Entebbe.
- Exhibitions and side events staged by public and private sector institutions, academia, development partners, civil society organizations/non-governmental organizations and others;
- Keynote speeches delivered by leading sector professional, industrial experts and policy makers;
- Paper and posters presented by different scholars and practitioners;
- Parallel sessions on thematic areas and topics held for different categories of participants;
- High level panel discussions to discuss policy issues and implications for water and environment resources and their role in achieving SDGs by 2030;
- Applied training sessions on relevant key topics in line with the sub-themes;
- Commemoration of International days: World Forest Day, World Water Day and World Meteorological Day.
- Outstanding personalities and contributors to the water and environment sector awarded;
- Daily brief
- A media hub established for accreditation of the press, coordination of the press conferences and provision of updates about the event;
- Guests and participants entertained through school performances, including poetry, songs and other forms of entertainment.
- One day field visits to selected sites within and around Entebbe and Kampala to provide practical demonstration to participants in line with the sub-themes of the week
Many countries all over the world, nowadays, are suffering from numerous water issues. In a rapidly changing world, Uganda today is challenged by a wide variety of natural and human-made conditions including water scarcity, demographic change, unemployment, poverty, changing consumption patterns, urbanization, rising water and food demands, growing energy needs, environmental degradation, climate change, water-related natural disasters and gender disparities.
These challenges have significant implications on water availability and quality, and on the provision of ecosystems services; affecting as well the living conditions of current and future generations and impacting the migratory flows.
Recently, many international conglomerates have emerged to present the water issue as a priority. Uganda faces variable water-related stresses and challenges. Uganda is an example on how a developing country can highly be vulnerable to climate change, exposed to numerous threats concerning its economic, social and environmental sustainability. Uganda’s water is the most important pillar in achieving national wealth and prosperity. The realization of Uganda’s comprehensive “Sustainable Development Strategy 2030” and its related plans concerning social, economic and environmental dimensions is directly affected by the state’s capability to provide the necessary water resources. The Uganda Water and Environment Week 2018 (UWEWK) is considered as the biggest water-related event in Uganda, and it is planned to be organized annually by the Ministry of Water and Environment and hosted at the Water Resource Institute – Entebbe in collaboration with national, regional and international partners.
It aims to promote water awareness and foster innovative approaches to face the most pressing water-related challenges, keep updates on global movements to address water challenges and identify modern tools and techniques for managing water resources.
The UWEWK has been initiated to be a platform for the exchange of expertise, development of appropriate solutions and formulation of recommendations for achievement of Uganda’s sustainable development goals, as it hosted high level official meetings, important activities, plenary and technical sessions.