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Dr. Akankwasa Appointed New NEMA Executive Director

by Max Pat
posted onAugust 4, 2021

Dr. Barirega Akankwasa has been appointed the new Executive Director of National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). 

Dr. Akankwasa who was the Acting Commissioner for Wildlife Conservation at the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, replaces Dr. Tom Okurut whose contract expired last month after serving for 10years.

The National Environment Act, 2019 stipulates that, the Executive Director shall serve for a period of five years and is eligible for re- appointment for one more term.

According to sources, Dr Akankwasa, who is also a lecturer of forestry at Makerere University, beat 5 others including the Deputy NEMA ED Christine Akello, to emerge the best candidate to replace Dr Okurut. 

When contacted for a comment, NEMA Spokesperson Naomi Karehako, confirmed Dr Akankwasa's appointment saying the contract takes effect on 1st September 2021. 

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In February 2020, Dr Akankwasa was elected Vice President of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wildlife (CMS). He was elected during the 13th meeting of the conference of the parties to the convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals in Gandhi agar, India.

CMS is an international agreement signed under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme that aims to conserve migratory species within their migratory ranges.  It is concerned with conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale.


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