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Guidlines for District State of Environment Preparation Report in Uganda

Over the last 15 years, Uganda has achieved spectacular economic growth, thanks to the introduction of an enabling macro-economic environment and political stability. However, this economic growth has only recently manifested itself due to the fact that tremendous damage was done in the 1970s and early 1980s DSOERs should be both intellectually stimulating yet simple. Potential users include scientists, resource managers, politicians, policy and decision makers, community extension workers, NGOs and CBOs, the private sector and community groups.

Arua District:

State of Environment Report 2006/2007
Arua district is happy to present the fourth District State of Environment Report (DSOER), 2007/08. The first report was in 1997 and the second in 2000/2001 the third 2004. While the report is in fulfilment of our obligation under the National Environment Act 1995, section 15 (2) (h), it also aims to provide information on the condition and health of the components of the environment. It describes the quality of environment for the district through systematic acquisition, analysis and presentation of information on environmental conditions and trends, and the assessment of key driving forces and policies that cause or influence environmental trends in the district.
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State of Environment Report 2003/2004
Arua District is happy to present the third District State of Environment Report (DSOER) 2003/2004. The first report was in 1997 and the second in 2000/2001. While the report was in fulfillment of our obligation under the National Environment Act 1995, section 15 (2) (h), it also aims to provide information on the condition and health of the components of the environment
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Bugiri District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
Bugiri District is located in the southeastern part of Uganda. It lies between longitudes 33 degrees 10 minutes east and 34 degrees 0 minutes east and latitudes 0 degrees 06 minutes north and 1 degree 12 minutes north. Districts along its boarders include: Tororo to the northeast, Iganga to the west, Mayuge to the southwest and Busia to the east. The District also extends to the Ugandan/Kenyan border in the south east and in the Lake Victory waters of Uganda /Tanzania border in the south
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Busia District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
Busia District Local Government is proud to present the first edition of the District State of Environment Report. The National Environment Management Policy, 1994 emphasizes the need to collect, analyze, store and disseminate on a continuous basis, reliable information relating to environmental management. The District State of Environment reporting is an effort towards the implementation of this policy. It is also the District’s effort to provide information on the State of Environment to the people of Busia and the Nation at large.
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Butalejja District:

State of Environment Report 2005/2006
Butaleja District Local Government proudly presents the first District State of Environment Report (DSOER), 2005/2006, since its inception as a district in July 2005. While the report was in fulfillment of our obligation under the National Environment Act 119 section14. (h), it provides with information on the conditions and the health of the district’s component of the environment. This report describes the quality of environment for the district of Butaleja through a systematic and analytical approach exercised by the district environment office on environment conditions
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Iganga District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
Iganga District has a tropical climate with comparatively small seasonal variations of temperatures, humidity and wind throughout the year. The district receives a mean annual rainfall of 1200 mm in the wetter south and 900 mm in the drier northwest . Generally, there are two peak rain fall seasons, thus from April to June and August to November. The two are punctuated by a dry season from December to March. The pattern is sometimes complicated by unpredictable rainfall failures in the peak months and heavy rains with hailstones in the dry months. Therefore, although the amount of rains are adequate for the growth of a variety of crops, the weather is far from being predictable since rainfall is the major climatic factor for production in the district. Mean annual temperature ranges from 250C to 350C
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Jinja District:

State of Environment Report 2004/2005
Environment and natural resources are essential to welfare and livelihood of the people of Jinja District. The aspiration of this State of Environment Report is to illustrate the value of Environment and Natural Resources to the district economy, and also demonstrate that sustainable development is a requisite to an affluent economy. I am happy to note that this report, stresses the synergy between Ecosystem quality and Economic development. This report further reveals that good Environment policies are good Economic policies, and that development policy decision must be viewed in the lens of sustainable development. But conspicuous, also, in the report, is the fact that environment degradation is still a major constraint to a complete realization of a meaningfull economic development in the district.
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Kabale District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
Kabale District Local Government has continued to put reasonable emphasis on analyzing environmental issues through a decentralized framework, after appreciating that it is a prerequisite and integral part of a meaningful development process. Identification of environmental concerns/needs is essential in that, development opportunities, objectives and targets can be developed in a sustainable manner. The District has been systematically implementing components of natural resource management. The vast majority of the population in the district, that is about 93%, directly depend on cultivation. It follows, therefore, that development in the district is heavily dependent on natural resources, land being the most important factor. It is true that immense human pressure on land in the district, coupled with poor agricultural methods, has predisposed this hilly landscape to land degradation dangers..
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Kalangala District:

State of Environment Report 2004/2005
Kalangala District consists of a series of long, narrow, flat-topped ridges along the islands. The landscape of Kalangala District is a result of ancient denudation and weathering processes which left old erosion levels throughout the District. This has limited agricultural development in Kalangala District, considering the rapid growth of the population in the District in recent years. The District, with its 84 islands surrounded by beaches, present great potential for tourism development in the District. Water sport activities are already taking place on the Lake waters..
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Kamwenge District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
Kamwenge District is proud to present the state of District environment report 2004.This report is the first one of its kind. The report will contribute to development in the District as it contributes information on status of environment and natural resources in general.
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Kapchorwa District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
The Kapchorwa District Production and Environment Planning Committee would like to express its profound gratitude to the National Environment Management Authority for financial and technical support in producing this report and for providing support to on-going environment planning and management in Kapchorwa District. The Committee is also indebted to the many individuals, organisations and technical staff in the district who participated in the consultative workshops held to gather information and discuss the contents of this report, for their valuable contributions. Special thanks are due to Chemangei Awadh, Kapchorwa District Environment Officer, and the members of the core team, for their work in compiling, writing and editing the report..
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Kisoro District:

State of Environment Report 2007/2008
Kisoro district states of environment report series are produced to meet the need for up to date and timely information of the district environment for sustainable development planning. This is the third time the State Of Environment Report for Kisoro District has been produced . NEMA produced the first report in 1998and the second in2005 under NEMA funding by the Ag. District Environment Officer This time round the district has produced it using its own resources and this emphasizes the need for the Local Government to own it as a district document and annually support its production as per the National Environment Act [Cap 153].
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Kotido District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
Over the years now, there have been gross neglect on environment resulting into depletion of vegetation, destruction of the biodiversity and extinction of wildlife species in the district. We are very much aware of this challenge and pledge to support every effort aimed at mobilising our communities and empowering them in the management, utilisation and continuous improvement of environment for sustainable development of the district. It is in this regard therefore that I feel this report will serve as an important guide as well as reference material for the District Development Planning especially cross-sectoral integration and mainstreaming of environmental concerns into the various sector activities.
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Kumi District:

State of Environment Report 2007/2008
Kumi District Local Government wishes to recognize and acknowledge the contribution of different stakeholders in the preparation of this DSOER. K Special regards go to Development Cooperation Ireland (DCI) under capacity building through which greater funding for preparation of the DSOER was secured and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for building capacity of the District Technical Planning Committee (DTPC) in preparation of the DSOER. Particular appreciation goes to Madam Kitutu Gorretti of NEMA.
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Luwero District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
Luwero district lies North of Kampala, between latitude 20 North of the Equator and between 320 to 330 East. It is flanked by Mukono and Wakiso Districts in the South by Kiboga and Mubende Districts in the West, Nakasongola and Masindi Districts in the North and Kayunga District in the East (fig. 1.1 & 1.2). The total area of Luwero District is approximately 5572.2 km2 of which 5112.2 km2 is dry land and the rest is rivers and swamps.
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Mayuge District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
Mayuge district is proud to present this 1st Edition of the state of Environment report for Mayuge. While it fulfils our obligations under the National Environment act 95, the report Contributes to the development in Mayuge, by providing information on status and dynamics surrounding issues of Natural resources and Linkages with poverty. Mayuge district wishes to acknowledge the contribution by the many individuals and departments especially the Environment office towards the preparation of the District state of Environment report 2004 (DSOER). Special thanks are extended to the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for funding the whole process of preparation of this report..
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Moroto District:

State of Environment Report 2005/2006
The District Environment Office (DEO) is proud to present this edition of the District State of Environment Report (DSOER) for Moroto. While it fulfils our obligation under the National Environment Statute 87 (2) of 1995, the report contributes to the development in Moroto District by providing information on the status and dynamics surrounding the use of natural resources, and the linkages with poverty. The District Environment Office wishes to acknowledge the contributions made by many individuals and institutions towards the preparation of the District State of Environment Report, 2006 (DSOER 2006) for Moroto District. Special thanks are extended to the National Environment Management Authority for providing the technical backing, the District State of Environment Report Steering Committee, the District Technical and Planning Committee and the entire Local Government of Moroto District
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Moyo District:

State of Environment 2003/2004
Moyo District is located in north western Uganda bordered by the Republic of the Sudan in the north, Adjumani district in the east and Yumbe District in the west. Physically, the district lies approximately between 30 30’ N and 40 N, Longitudes 310 31’E and320 E The district covers approximately a total area of 2059 Km2 and is made up of the counties of West Moyo and Obongi. Obongi lies in the West Nile –Low lands area.
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Mpigi District:

State of Environment Report 2009/2010
Economic growth, the quantitative increase in the volume of goods and services produced in the economy, is essential because it provides the resources needed not only for investment in the productive capacity of the economy but also resources that if invested wisely, contribute to reducing further environmental degradation. Although economic growth may generate resources for investment and for addressing environmental problems, it may not necessarily be sustainable (NEMA 1999). The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are aimed at achieving sustainable development. The district forest area is declining at a rate of 32.6% (NEMA 2008) hence a reduction in land maintained for biodiversity. Safe water coverage is still at a low of 50% while safe latrine coverage remains at 52% below the national averages and required targets (Table 1.1).
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Mpigi District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
This report is meant to provide information to a range of stakeholders who include among others, policy makers, students, researchers, investors, the business community, a wide range of technocrats and the general public. Efforts have been made to analyze trends in condition of natural resources in the district over time however, it can be noted that availability of adequate data sets on state/condition of environmental resources for analysis of trends still remains challenge we hope will be addressed by inducing a culture of research and proper record keeping at all levels. It is also hoped that this report will provide a baseline against which progress in environment management will be measured in subsequent reports.
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Mubende District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
Mubende has continued to pursue a development agenda, which takes cognisance of sustainability and mainstream environment protection in its implementation strategies. The district's economy continues to be natural resources based which emphasizes a need for access to up-to-date and timely information on their status and dynamics as critical input in the district strategic planning process. . The District Environment Office in liaison with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has continued to play a key role in guiding development in the district, by among others, providing critical information on the resources dynamics as contained in this District State of Environmental Report, 2004.
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Nebbi District:

Mr. Ogwal Sabino Francis - Natural Resources Management Specialist
Franis joined NEMA as an Environmental Impact Assessment Officer in June 2003. He is now a Natural Resources Management Specialist (Terrestrial Biodiversity and Rangelands) since June 2005. He is a holder of a Master of Science Environment and Natural Resources Management and Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry. He has worked in the field of natural resources management since 1994. He has done professional short courses in Environmental Impact Assessment, Food Safety and Biosafety, Hydropower and the Environment, Management Development Programme and in Environmental Compliance.
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Palisa District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
The district covers approximately a total area of 1564Km2 and is made up of four (4) counties and twenty eight (28) sub-counties parishes 130. Of all these counties Pallisa is the largest with an area of 612.6Km2 while Butebo is the Smallest with a land area of 304 sq.km Out of the 1991-7 sq.kms, water bodies (open water and swamps) cover an area of 403.9 sq.km. This leaves 1587.8 sq. km for human settlement and related activities. The district has a total population capacity of 520532 and a population density of 228.7 persons/sq.km. The district lies at altitude between 910 and 1220 meters above sea level.
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Sironko District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
Sironko District is located in the eastern region of Uganda. It lies along latitudes 4° North and latitude 33° East . It is bordered by Kumi District on the South West, Nakapiripirit District in the North, Kapchorwa District in the North East, Mbale District in the South, while the republic of Kenya is in the east. It has a total land area of 1070.65sq km.
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Soroti District:

State of Environment Report 2003/2004
Poverty and environmental degradation are linked in a vicious circle in which people cannot afford to take proper care of the environment. Poverty has been and still remains the major cause and consequence of environmental degradation and resource depletion. Poverty has many dimensions including low and highly variable levels of income and consumption, physical insecurity, poor health, low levels of education, dis-empowerment, a heavy burden of work or unemployment and isolation. The impacts of environment on the poor include health problems and productivity. On the other hand poverty affects the environment negatively with respect to constrained time horizons and constrained risk strategies. That is, the poor have limited scope to plan ahead and make natural resources investments such as in soil conservation, that give positive returns only after a number of years.
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Yumbe District:

State of Environment Report 2007/2008
The contribution of the environment and natural resources to the economy of Uganda and Yumbe district in particular in supporting rural livelihoods is unquestionable. Significant achievements have been made in improving the economic and social well being of Ugandans since 1986. This is not free of stresses on the quality and quantity of the environment and natural resources. These changes in the state of environment are reflected in District State of Environment Reports (DSOERs). The overall aim of the DSOERs, within the context of sustainable development, is to bring into the knowledge of the public and decision-makers the pressures and trends in the environment and on natural resources.
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