‘Rethinking Collective Actions & Innovative Solutions to Water, Environment and Climate Change Crisis’

Apr 2024

The Uganda Water and Environment Week (UWEWK) is an event organized annually by the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) through the Water Resources Institute (WRI). Since its inception in 2018, the event seeks to contribute towards the attainment of sustainable socio economic transformation and achieving the Ugandan National Development Plan and vision 2040. This year, AidEnvironment joined other partners in the water and environment sector in participating in the gathering.

UWEWK 2024 was held at the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) Headquarters in Luzira from 18-22 March 2024, with the theme ‘Rethinking Collective Actions & Innovative Solutions to Water, Environment and Climate Change Crisis’.  It provided a chance for exchange, dialogue, and learning between sector stakeholders regarding the improvement  of  Uganda’s  water  and  environment resources.  UWEWK 2024  borrowed  knowledge  from  the  successes and lessons from the past 5 iterations of UWEWKs.  The 2024 Theme had four thematic areas including:

  1. Sustainable access and utilization of water and environmental resources for economic development.
  2. Nature based  solutions to solve water, environment, and climate change crisis.
  3. Resilient built  environment and  infrastructure  in  urban  settings.
  4. Protection of lives, livelihoods, and  property to support community resilience and stability.


The AidEnvironment team in Uganda participated in dialogues, paper presentations, side events and applied trainings.

AidEnvironment was among the sector actors and other stakeholders who presented abstracts and papers to further knowledge exchange, advocacy, influencing, dialogue, and learning. This event provided an opportunity to engage and exchange information on water and environment management and development in general and across various sectors of the economy.

UWEWK2024 gave special focus to the outcomes and recommendations of UWEWK2023, and those related key water, environment and climate change related events held since UWEWK2023. It explored their implications in Uganda and discussed the status of their operationalization or domestication and what needs to be done to ensure that they are fully operationalized.


The event also involved the commemoration of annual three sector International Days: International Forest Day (March 21st), World Water Day (March 22nd) and World Meteorological Day (March 23rd).