EfD-Mak Centre to hold seminar on Environmental Valuation, Evaluation and Accounting

Dr. Edward Bbaale speaking during the recent launch of the EfD-Mak centre

EfD-Mak Centre is organizing a one-day training on Environmental Valuation, Evaluation and Accounting.

The training scheduled to take place on Friday 27th September, 2019 at CoBAMS conference room.  targets experts from public and private sector including: government ministries, agencies, researchers, academic staff and students.

This is the first seminar and one of the main activities to be undertaken by EfD-Mak Centre following its official launch on 29th August, 2019.

The Centre Director, Dr. Edward Bbaale said the purpose of the seminar is to provide both theoretical and empirical basics of environmental analysis.

“Specifically, the seminar will cover basic issues in environmental economics, valuation of environmental goods, evaluation of environmental goods and environmental accounting. Most of the environmental goods are non-market goods and thus do not have standard prices and thus demand curves. 

Some of the Makerere environment students on field study in a Kampala surburb

At the end of this exercise, we expect the participants to be well grounded in areas of valuation, evaluation, accounting and analysis of environmental goods. Emphasis will be mainly given to the modelling approaches and estimation techniques”, Dr. Bbaale explained.

The detailed course outline is herewith attached.

Other activities according to the Centre Director include Enrolling Junior and Senior Research Fellows and conducting training and research in environmental economics; Establishing local and international research and policy networks with collaborating research institutions and policy makers in Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as monitoring and evaluating the performance of the individual researchers.

The other obligation is organizing international conferences and meetings for Senior and Junior Research Fellows, academics, researchers and policy makers and Training researchers and staff in rigorous environmental policy analysis and frontier methodological approaches to environmental questions.

Some of the Makerere Forestry students in a field practicals

High-level policy dialogues with policy makers, private sector actors, non-government organizations, academia and civil society organizations will also be held by the center to exchange ideas and debate on the status, impact and direction of environmental policy in the country.

To enable relevant policy makers and government officials better appreciate environmental economics and mainstream environmental policy in their daily work, EfD-Mak Centre will conduct short courses and develop policy briefs out of every technical research for sharing.

The Centre will also organize policy tours, policy research workshops and fieldwork in the four regions of the country to bring on board environmental policy makers in government, environmental activists in the private sector and civil society organizations.

In addition, the EfD-Mak center will be conducting policy-research review dialogue and fieldwork   in different government Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as the private sector and civil society organizations to identify the policy gaps that need to be closed through empirical research and to bridge the gap between research and policy.

About Environment for Development Initiative (EfD)

Some of the natural resources in Uganda

EfD has 15 centers across the world sponsored by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), coordinated by the EfD Secretariat, a special Unit at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

EfD-Mak Centre started its full operations in the financial year 2019/2020 and it is managed by two colleges – College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).

The Centre is headed by Assoc. Prof. Edward Bbaale from CoBAM’s School of Economics, deputized by Prof. Johnny Mugisha, from CAES’ School of Agricultural Sciences.

The Centre’s vision is to become a hub for quality training, research and policy engagement in environmental economics and development in the Africa region and beyond.

Uganda is blessed with such natural resources

The mission of the EfD-Mak Centre is to provide high quality policy-relevant research, graduate training support, policy engagement and outreach in the realm of environment and development economics in order to enhance sound environmental management and natural resource utilization for sustainable development.

The Centre will work with relevant government departments, the private sector, development partners and civil society to drive research and policy action that are underpinned by issues regarding environmental management and sustainable development.

The Center’s teaching, research, technical support and policy engagement targets the development of skills in priority areas including climate change, energy, food, forests, water, fisheries, agriculture and sustainable development.

Article compiled by:
Jane Anyango
Communication Officer.

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