South Sudan presents the first Environmental Impacts, Risks and Opportunities Assessment Report

26 Mar 2012

Juba:  The Ministry of the Environment and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be presenting the Environmental Impacts, Risks and Opportunities Assessment (EIRO) Report on Wednesday 28 March 2012.  This first environmental assessment for South Sudan aims to identify the environmental challenges facing the new nation and prioritize interventions that can help the Government establish adequate environmental governance.  Addressing these challenges is critical as the majority of the country relies on natural resources for their economic livelihoods.

After five decades of conflict, the environmental issues facing South Sudan have not only been neglected but are also complicated by post-conflict challenges.  These include: rapid deforestation, land grabbing, insecure and vulnerable livelihoods for the majority of citizens, mineral exploitation, rapid privatization and a sudden increase in the population from people returning.  This report covers the current environmental situation, examines the barriers to resource management, discusses possible effects of climate change and proposes specific action steps to develop effective policy and create a system of environmental oversight. 

Date:                     Wednesday 28 March 2012

Time:                     10:00 – 12:00 noon

Location:              Cassava Hall,  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Photo/Interview Opportunities

  • Honourable Alfred Lado Gore, Minister of the Environment
  • Undersecretary of the Environment, Professor Scopas Jibi Dima
  • George Conway, Country Director, a.i., UNDP
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Contact Information

For further information, please contact: Marguerite Nowak, Communications and Policy Specialist, United Nations Development Programme, South Sudan marguerite.nowak@undp.org  Cell: +211 95 619 1254.