UWEWK 2019 SUMMARY
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.
Attached are the summaries and reports of the UWEWK 2019