- October 25, 2019
- Posted by: Albert Muhumuza
- Category: Uncategorized
Environment for Development Initiative (EfD-Mak) Centre is set to host its first policy dialogue on governance and natural resources on 7th November, 2019 at the Senate Conference Room Makerere University.
Over 120 participants from public and private sector, research institutions, civil society organizations, representatives from government ministries and agencies, staff and student from Makerere University are expected to attend.
The half day dialogue organized under the theme, “Governance and Natural Resource Utilization: Challenges, Gaps and Opportunities” will be officially opened by Makerere University Vice Chancellor while the Key Note address will be delivered by the Executive Director National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).
The EfD-Mak Centre was launched in August 2019 at Makerere University. The center is jointly managed by the College of Business and Management Studies (CoBAMS) and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).
The Centre Director Associate Professor Edward Bbaale said part of the center mandate is to establish and maintain long term interaction with policy makers to discuss pertinent issues on policy gaps and advise government on what direction to take as far as protecting and management of natural resources is concerned.
Although Environment is a vital component for sustainability of livelihood and national development, the biggest concern of environmentalists is the ability of economic systems to continue growing without undermining the natural systems which are the ultimate foundation of human life. This points to the issue of sustainability that has been of major global concern.
Different scholars have come up with desirable characteristics of sustainable growth and development which include; non-declining well-being, natural capital base and production possibilities for future generations; exploitation of the environment and natural resources within the limit of their sustainable yields; maintaining minimum conditions for ecosystem resilience through time and the consensus building and institutional development